Conversations in IPE: Virtual Simulations with Standardized Patients (SPs)

Join the Texas IPE Consortium as we continue to look for opportunities to advance IPE through this pandemic period.

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COVID-19 has, and continues to be, a disrupter of historical proportions. As health care providers and educators, our lives have been disrupted on so many levels including interprofessional practice and education (IPE). We would like to invite you to join us for this free zoom event.

Providing synchronous learning opportunities that are also engaging can be challenging but are often required to meet interprofessional accreditation standards. Recent pandemic protocols are forcing educators to be adaptive and innovative in providing meaningful clinical experiences that overcome physical distancing barriers by moving these opportunities online. Virtual Interprofessional Simulation (VISion) is an experiential learning activity conducted using a web-conferencing platform with standardized patients (SPs). VISion can be used to provide interprofessional collaborative practice experiences while connecting learners in meaningful interactions with peers, faculty, and SPs. Measurable student outcomes of VISion include increased confidence in IP communication, a greater understanding of health professional roles, enhanced clinical competence, and the ability to balance one’s priorities with those of the patient and other team members.

This zoom event includes instruction on the development of synchronous VISion activities with SPs that optimize online clinical learning. Participants will be provided access to a case development worksheet and resources for effective facilitation, assessment, and sustainability of VISion. Leading-edge techniques and latest knowledge in IP simulation will be shared. Presenters will guide participants through the VISion development process and offer customized solutions to address unique IPE barriers and issues related to IPE of distance learners.


  • Large Group Presentation: Provide background on the need for synchronous interprofessional simulations for distance students: knowledge gaps, benefits, and barriers to VISion implementation. Share examples of VISion scenario timeline/set-up. Describe opportunities and strategies for maximizing technology through VISion with SPs. Outline process for developing and assessing VISion case scenarios, including the application of standards for high-quality VISion facilitation. Discuss and share resources/repositories for VISion case development and assessment tools. Q&A
  • Small Group Breakout Session: Work as a group to complete VISion planning worksheet, including exploring strengths and weaknesses of the VISion methods selected by the group and how these can be leveraged in planning future cases.
  • Group Debriefing and Final Q&A


Amanda Kirkpatrick, PhD, RN
Associate Professor, Creighton University, College of Nursing
Twitter handle - @AKirkpatrickRN

Katie Packard, PharmD, MS, BCPS, AACC, FNAP
Co-Director for IPE Passport, Creighton University, Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education, & Research
Professor, Creighton University, School of Pharmacy

Amanda Kirkpatrick, PhD, RN is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Creighton and Instructor of Record for an interprofessional health science elective course – Interprofessional Palliative Care. Dr. Kirkpatrick is a Macy Faculty Scholars (2019-2021), past president of the Iota Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, and a Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar (2016-2018). Dr. Kirkpatrick has received recognition for excellence in teaching, innovation, and research in interprofessional education, simulation, and palliative care. She has become a leader in health science education by promoting interprofessional competence development and relationship-based caring among students and clinicians through Virtual Interprofessional Simulations (VISion).

Dr. Packard is a board-certified cardiac pharmacist who provides inpatient and outpatient clinical services. She is also the Pharmacy Director and Hypertension Clinic Director at Clinic with a Heart, a free interprofessional urgent care clinic. She teaches cardiovascular pharmacotherapeutics to pharmacy students and general pharmacology to PA and dental students. She is also Co-Director of the Interprofessional Education Passport at Creighton University.

Funding: Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and Creighton University

Event Date: 
Friday, July 10, 2020 - 11:00 am to 1:00 pm CDT
Free Zoom Event | Registration Required | Zoom link will be emailed upon registration.