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Virtual Simulation Experiences in an Emergency Medicine Clerkship: Novel Approaches to Simulation-Mediated Education in the Setting of COVID-19

Last Updated: April 22, 2020

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Description

The COVID-19 pandemic has restricted medical students from attending on-campus education, such as didactic lectures, workshops, and simulations. This poses a particular problem for Emergency Medicine (EM) Clerkship at Thomas Jefferson University (Jefferson), as simulation remains the featured cornerstone of rotation. Over the course of the clerkship, students participate in high-fidelity simulations that objectively link to systems-based practice and problem-based learning and improvement. In this document, we describe a novel clinical simulation experience for senior medical students in an EM clerkship that fulfills clinical course learning objectives, while still providing students the opportunity to experience simulation-based learning. We also describe the tools we used to convert the rest of our curriculum to an online platform.

Goal: To provide students in the Emergency Medicine clerkship with virtual and simulation-based opportunities that support task-switching, information processing, decisional autonomy, and procedural knowledge.

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Authors

Shruti Chandra MD, MEHP, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia PA (shruti.chandra@jefferson.edu)
Chaiya Laoteppitaks MD, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia PA
Alan Cherney MD, MSc, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia PA
Xiao Zhang MD, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia PA
Dimitrios Papanagnou MD, MPH, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia PA

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