Virtual Simulations for EMMD7500 Students

PI: Michelle Biros, M.D. - Research Director, Department of Emergency Medicine

Overview: Simulation Simulation is considered to be the optimal method of training healthcare professionals. It is superior to traditional clinical education for clinical skill acquisition, reduces patient harm and improves quality of care (1,2). During this time of sequestration and social distancing students are being robbed of the precious little time they are alloted to learn clinical caregiving. To fill the gap within the Emergency Medicine curriculum, we purpose providing 10 virtual simulation scenarios for every student rotating through Part A & B of EMMD7500. Using a program from the international company, Oxford Medical Simulation, students will be introduced to the virtual format by working through several scenarios, facilitated by an EM sr.resident or faculty. Students will then be directed to work through the remaining 8 scenarios individually, (as many times as they want) as they complete Parts A & B of the rotation. Feedback and debriefing are an essential component of this program. Students will have access to these scenarios for the remainder of the year and will be encouraged to return to these scenarios for practice. The data collection and assessment portion of this program will facilitate tracking of students' progression through the graduation competencies. The program has been validated. 1. Joint Virtual Reality Conference of EGVE - ICAT - EuroVR (2009) M. Hirose, D. Schmalstieg, C. A. Wingrave, and K. Nishimura (Editors) 2. Cheng A, et al. on behalf of the AHA Education Science and Programs Committee, Resuscitation education science: educational strategies to improve outcomes from cardiac arrest: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2018;138:e82–e122. DOI: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000583

Budget: 10000 - The cost of a one-year subscription to Oxford Medical Simulation program is $186 per student. We estimate 220 students (this number includes the LIS students who participate in some aspects of EMMD7500) will attend EMMD7500 through the 2020-2021 school year. The Total $40,920.00, paid by the department of EM will be offset by the $10,000 grant. The money will be spent totally on the subscription. Additional cost such as facilitator fees and administrative cost will be absorbed by the Department of Emergency Medicine.

This project is supported by the UMN COVID-19 Medical Education Innovation Grants, which support full-time faculty (educators, investigators or clinical) or P&A educators at the University of Minnesota Medical School to develop education (basic science or clinical) and simulation projects related to COVID-19, more general pandemic-related knowledge and skills, or professional development activities that would be possible during this time of shelter at home.