Lightning Talk

Utilizing a Virtual Platform to Provide a Simulated Telehealth Patient Encounter for Medical and Pharmacy Students

Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

Education through a virtual platform has expanded tremendously during the pandemic. While most of these education activities have centered on didactic learning, the need for an active approach to patient care is essential. We explored using a virtual platform to provide a simulated patient care experience with standardized patients for a total of 146 medical and pharmacy students . Students were assigned to interprofessional teams of four to five students, with at least two students representing each profession on each team. Teams interacted with a standardized patient with aspiration pneumonia to develop a management plan and build rapport with a patient with qualms about the healthcare system. After the simulation concluded, faculty facilitators from each program facilitated a debrief on interprofessional components with teams. This clinical case acted as a springboard to highlighting Interprofessional Education Collaborative competencies of roles/responsibilities, interprofessional communication, and values/ethics.
This Lightning Talk describes the nuts and bolts, as well as the lessons learned in developing a virtual simulation using standardized patients. While this exercise included medical and pharmacy students, it can lend itself to a variety of health profession programs. The presentation particularly benefits health profession programs interested in exposing their students to telehealth in an interprofessional environment. This also benefits health profession programs in situations where a remote simulation is optimal, such as with distance learning programs or with standalone health profession programs who need to collaborate with other health programs (i.e., single health profession program without another health profession in close physical proximity).