Primary-Care Based, Interprofessional Simulation Scenario Development Workshop

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

This workshop will provide a brief overview of using simulation for education and walk participants through the process of incorporating interprofessional elements into simulation scenarios within their organization. Participants will leave this workshop with a basic framework of how to better incorporate interprofessional practice in simulation.

Despite increasing demands for a more robust primary care system, the capacity of the primary care (PC) workforce continues to be insufficient to meet the needs of communities. Team-based, interprofessional care has been shown to improve patient outcomes and has been advocated for as a way to build PC capacity. Participation in clinical simulations can improve clinical performance, teamwork and teach leadership skills and is a valuable educational tool.

The Systems-Transforming, Patient-Centered, Longitudinal, Interprofessional, Community-Based Education (SPLICE) initiative has developed a collaborative practice curriculum for FNP, PA, and medical students, PC medical residents and practicing primary care staff including medical assistants, office staff and licensed clinical staff. Through this initiative, we provide interprofessional learning experiences using short online modules, in-person workshops and simulation experiences. In developing the curriculum, we came to realize that there is a significant lack of interprofessional, primary care focused simulations and a desire from educators to gain the tools to tailor simulations to the needs of their learners. To address this need, we partnered with the California Simulation Alliance and hosted two simulation development work sessions for UC Davis health sciences faculty to develop 11 interprofessional scenarios designed to enhance team-based care in primary care.

This workshop will use a short, thirty-minute PowerPoint presentation and discussion to provide an overview of the technologies (eg. mannequin vs. standardized patients) and various formats of simulation that are possible, including the use of simulated patient conferences, modular scenarios, video vignettes and evolving scenarios to enhance interprofessional opportunities and incorporate the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Core Competencies. We will also share how we used our web-based Integrated Case Based Learning© (ICBL) repository as a foundation for the scenarios. ICBL cases include traditional and nontraditional families living in rural and urban areas and are designed to address:

  • care of medically underserved,
  • social determinants of health,
  • culturally relevant care,
  • rural health challenges (e.g., lack of specialists, migrant health),
  • telehealth, and
  • interprofessional competencies.

In the last 60 minutes of the workshop we will practice adapting existing scenarios to better support an interprofessional focus and incorporate the IPEC competencies. These are centered around four main concepts – values/ethics in interprofessional practice, roles/responsibilities, interprofessional communication and teams and teamwork. Working in groups of 3-5, participants can either use existing scenarios from their teaching practice or primary-care frameworks we provide using existing ICBL cases. Groups will be guided in modifying simulation scenarios for an interprofessional group of learners in a primary care setting and explore strategies to encourage interprofessional collaboration in simulation.  

Learners will leave the workshop with:

  • Knowledge of the technologies and styles of simulation that are available
  • A basic understanding of strategies to incorporate the IPEC competencies into simulation scenarios
  • An idea for a primary-care based simulation scenario applicable to their area of practice

Active learning strategies include small group discussion and brainstorming.


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Interprofessional Continuing Education

This activity has been planned and implemented by the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. In support of improving patient care, the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. The intent is to provide accreditation and continuing education credit for this workshop. For questions regarding continuing education, please email