Experiences of Virtual Standardized Patient Laboratories: Lessons from Faculty and Students to Inform Healthcare Educators (1090-002246) (Developmental Research Projects: Distanced and Virtual Education (By Invitation Only))
Session Type: Research Study Development and Presentation Program Abstracts
The objective of this work is to examine student and faculty experiences using remote learning technology with live standardized patients in healthcare education. Although many types of virtual simulations have been utilized and discussed in the available literature, there is little guidance and analysis of the use of remote technology with human standardized patients. The current COVID-19 global pandemic provide an opportunity to explore the potential benefits and challenges of the use of this methodology for standardized patient instruction. Topics to be explored in this qualitative study include: i. Virtual simulation – methods, pros and cons; ii. Virtual debriefing – methods, pros and cons; iii. Use of remote tech with human SPs – methods, pros and cons. The results of this study could be utilized by healthcare education providers worldwide, as we adapt to the COVID-19 crisis, and prepare contingency plans for other pandemic situations which may arise in the future.
This qualitative study will use two online surveys to collect data: one for faculty/staff and one for health professions students. Subjects will fall into two categories: faculty/staff and students in Grand Valley State's College of Health Professions. Faculty and simulation staff members who developed and facilitated virtual (remote) standardized patient laboratory experiences in Winter 2020 semester are eligible for inclusion. Additionally, students of these faculty who participated in virtual standardized patient laboratory experiences in Winter 2020 semester will be eligible, provided they are 18 years or older. It is anticipated that approximately 100 potential subjects will be contacted, with a goal of 20 participants reached. Questions ask about participants' experiences with the virtual labs using human standardized patients, including pre- and de-briefing elements of these labs.
Results of the surveys will be analyzed in two batches, one for each survey/subject type. Qualitative analyses will utilize inductive coding of the written survey response data, facilitated by the MAXQDA software program. Once coded, the data will be analyzed for themes, and these themes will be used to address the research topics. Results will be analyzed for the following topic areas: i. Virtual simulation – methods, pros and cons; ii. Virtual debriefing – methods, pros and cons; iii. Use of remote tech with human SPs – methods, pros and cons. Results will also allow for comparison of overall experiences of faculty/staff and students between traditional in-person standardized patient laboratories and those conducted remotely.