Expansion of simulation and extended reality for undergraduate health professions education: A call to action

Sara K. Donovan, Jocelyn J. Herstein, Charles G. Prober, Joseph C. Kolars, James A. Gordon, Pam Boyers, Jeffrey Gold, H. Dele Davies

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Abstract

In the spring of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic limited access for many health professions students to clinical settings amid concerns about availability of appropriate personal protective equipment as well as the desire to limit exposure in these high-risk settings. Furthermore, the pandemic led to a need to cancel clinics and inpatient rotations, with a major impact on training for health professions and interprofessional health delivery, the long-term effects of which are currently unknown. While problematic, this also presents an opportunity to reflect on challenges facing the traditional clinical training paradigm in a rapidly changing and complex health care system and develop sustainable, high-quality competency-based educational models that incorporate rapidly progressing technologies. We call for pilot studies to explore specific simulation-based inpatient and outpatient clinical rotations for professional and interprofessional training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100436
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Education and Practice
Volume24
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Clinical rotation
  • Interprofessional education
  • Medicine
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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