On April 1st, the IU Interprofessional Practice and Education Center (IU IPE) began hosting over 1,500 students for their Anchor 3 and 4 curricular events. Three weeks ago, these events were to be face-to-face experiences where students would meet with simulated patients (actors playing the role of a person with health issues) and work as a team to help the patient through their issues.

This marks the first time so many students have had a chance to experience IU IPEs interprofessional learning curriculum online. Transiting from in-person events to a virtual experience took effort, resources, and time. IU IPE had to create all-new case studies for this online environment. Resources from the IU Health Sim Center were utilized to create new videos featuring simulated patients dealing with health issues during a time of social distancing and the Department of Instructional Systems Technology created a new Canvas page to deliver this immersive experience.

TEACH! Curriculum Director, Brittany Daulton, lead the efforts to ensure these future healthcare professionals were able to get this interprofessional experience.

“As a center, we are committed to delivering quality educational experiences to health professions students across the state of Indiana. Although COVID-19 has introduced new challenges in accomplishing this mission, our team gathered around our strengths and resources to deliver TEACH! experiences online, on time, and in a meaningful way.” – Brittany Daulton, PhD

This change was implemented as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 11th IU IPE held their last in-person meeting to brainstorm changes so learners would be able to complete the required TEACH! Curriculum while still practicing social distancing. Anchors 3 and 4 are open April 1st-April 10th. Responses will be reviewed by a group of nearly 150 facilitators between April 13th-22nd.