Creating Simulated Patient Cases that Support Interprofessional Education

Date:                    Saturday 24th August

Half Day:              1330-1630

Level:                    Introductory/Intermediate


  1. Mary Knab, Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation, MGH Institute of Health Professions
  2. Susan E Farrell, Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation, MGH Institute of Health Professions
Summary of theme and why it is important: Engaging pre-clinical health professions students in early learning opportunities that promote an authentic understanding of interprofessional (IP) collaboration competencies and meaningful IP practice can be difficult. However, carefully crafted case scenarios for IP team simulations can bring these competencies “to life” for novice students, affording them practice in developing their IP skills in a safe and mentored environment, using standardized patients.
These scenarios must be designed to intentionally illustrate a range of realistic management challenges that require IP teamwork, levelled to the emerging abilities of early learners.  This may involve, for example, building patient-centred skills related to establishing rapport, building trust, and working as a team to accomplish clinically relevant tasks. Student learning objectives in this example would include team-based communication skills and an understanding of complementary roles. 
Successful implementation of IP scenarios requires standardized patient training and faculty development related to facilitating debriefing. IP faculty co-facilitator teams set the tone for a team debriefing that helps learners reflect on, build, and anchor learning through this shared experience. This debriefing supports students’ confidence in collaborating as IP teams when engaging in future clinical encounters.
This workshop focuses on: 1) the creation and drafting of realistic scenarios that are intentionally designed to teach IP competencies to health professions learners, and 2) an IP learner-centred approach to debriefing. Case scenarios are built through intentional descriptions of IP learning objectives, realistic clinical and social variables that support complex and rich simulated cases, and IP debriefing strategies and best practices.

Who should participate in the Pre-Conference Workshop?  Health professions educators who are engaged in IPE and interested in using simulated cases as a method of teaching IP competencies.

What will they gain from participating?  Participants will:

  • Define IP learning objectives to be achieved through a simulated case
  • Draft realistic simulated cases of sufficient complexity to support authentic learning
  • Discuss debriefing techniques that support IP faculty team teaching

Cost: Euros 90 (includes coffee)

PLEASE NOTE: Pre-conference Workshop participants must also register for AMEE 2019 and pay the conference fee.


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