Lightning Talk

Development of a Virtual Simulation for IPEC Competencies and TeamSTEPPS

Sunday, August 21, 2022, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT

lnterprofessional education (lPE) allows future practitioners to effectively collaborate. lPE involves professions learning about, from, & with each other to deliver safe, patient-centered care. The lPEC (lPEC) competencies for healthcare improvement include teamwork/team-based practices, communication, values/ethics, and roles/responsibilities. A formalized curriculum such as Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS®), validated in decades of research, allows for learner competency assessment, and is successful towards improved team efficiency, enhanced awareness, and decreased barriers to quality and safety.

Healthcare simulation creates a psychologically safe clinical environment for learners to practice, learn, or be assessed. The flexibility of virtual simulation (VS) allows for humans to exercise psychomotor control, decision skills or communication, and may be used remotely, or with haptic devices. Due to the pandemic, social distancing forced universities to employ alternative VS formats so educational programs can safely resume. Rutgers School of Health Professions (SHP) faculty are developing a novel VS curriculum for lPEC Competencies and the TeamSTEPPS®.

This talk describes the development process of a VS-based IPE curriculum. Content is initially delivered through Articulate Rise. This is followed by a virtual world where students participate in digital dialogue and 3D simulation. Case scripts are original creations developed by faculty over the course of several years.

This talk directly addresses the summit theme of lP learning for collaborative practice and education through a complex process involved in course development. Notable challenges include the number of professions represented, conflicting schedules, accrediting requirements, and geographical constraints. Using VS, gaming platforms, and both synchronous and asynchronous learning formats and assessments, our team created a curriculum which is appropriate for each of the professions/schedules/curricula. The integration of VS in lPE allows students to learn collaboratively and gain knowledge and skills across disciplines and physical spaces, eliminating barriers found in traditional activities.