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Technology-enhanced Teaching

Overview and Tours of Simulation & Clinical Skills Labs

These tours are structured in such a way as to enable participants to do the following:

  • Attend all four tours OR
  • Attend two of the four tours beginning at either 9:15 or 10:30 a.m.

Consult course descriptions or the "Institute Schedule" with questions. When you register, you will be asked to select your tour choices.

Date and Time

  1. Tuesday, May 21, 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
    • First Tour:  9:15-9:35 a.m.
    • (Travel time between tours)
    • Second Tour:  9:45-10:05 a.m.
  2. Tuesday, May 21, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    • First Tour:  10:30-10:50 a.m.
    • (Travel time between tours)
    • Second Tour:  11:00-11:20 a.m.

Select two from the following four:

Interprofessional Education and Resource Center (IERC)

Opened in 2003, the Interprofessional Education and Resource Center (IERC) is the Academic Health Center’s flagship simulation center. Each year, the IERC’s staff members develop, support, and evaluate over 15,000 hours of simulation for teaching and assessment. Learners come from every stage in their careers, from pre-health science students to practicing professionals.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session, this tour will:

  1. Introduce participants to the educational development and logistical support services of the IERC
  2. Introduce participants to the Standardized Patient Program, as well as the equipment and technological resources of the Center, including the B-Line Exam Management system
  3. Introduce participants to examples of the IERC’s work (including Objective Structured Clinical Exams) with Medicine, Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, and Dentistry.

Published scholarship and research in progress will also be discussed.


Anne Woll, MS

Anne Woll is the Associate Director for the Interprofessional Education and Resource Center and the AHC Simulation Center. She has worked within the AHC since 2003, previously serving as the IERC Manager and Standardized Patient Program Coordinator. Her expertise includes faculty consultation, focusing on curriculum based case development and educational event design, to develop simulations for teaching and assessment in the health sciences. She also manages the scheduling, organization and logistics for these educational experiences which reach over 8,000 learners yearly from the schools and programs in the AHC and surrounding health care community.

Ms. Woll earned her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Educational Communications and Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At Madison, she worked in a distance education program for clinicians transitioning into healthcare management careers. She also conducted research focused on understanding students’ experiences in distance education and the impact of program design on their participation and completion. Prior to her graduate coursework, she worked within healthcare, managing a pediatric medical practice in Evanston, Illinois.

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Dental Simulation

Dr. Judith Buchanan will provide an overview of uses of advanced dental simulation technology in developing psychomotor skills in dental students.  She will discuss ways in which advanced dental simulation technology can be incorporated so that dental students progress through the curriculum at different rates.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learners will discover how to advanced dental simulation technology is being used to improve psychomotor skills of dental students.
  2. Learners will discover how advanced dental simulation technology can be used to enhance self-paced student learni


Judith Buchanan, PhD, DMD

Dr. Buchanan earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Texas and a D.M.D. from the University of Florida, College of Dentistry.  She served as Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine before coming to the University of Minnesota where she joined our faculty as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in April of 2005.  Dr. Buchanan has published papers, a book chapter, and presented abstracts on incorporating simulation technology into educational curricula and on the learning styles of dental students.  Under her leadership as Academic Dean at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine (1997-2005), the school became the first to incorporate virtual reality-based simulation clinics into its curriculum.  At the University of Minnesota, Dr. Buchanan has been instrumental in developing an advanced dental simulation clinic and courses incorporating this technology.

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Troy Reihsen will provide an overview of the structure and activities of the SimPORTAL (Simulation PeriOperative Resource for Teaching and Learning), the simulation environment for the medical school.  He will also provide an overview of CREST (Center for Research in Education and Simulation Technologies), which develops novel curricula and simulation models to help drive the future of education of health-care professionals.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Discover how to effectively and appropriately access SimPORTAL's resources
  2. Discover how to effectively and appropriately access the resources of CREST.


Troy Reihsen

Troy Reihsen is the manager of the Simulation PeriOperative Resource for Teaching and Learning (SimPORTAL) in the University of Minnesota Medical School.  He has over 17 years of simulation experience in the Army Medical Department running and supervising combat medical training for medical personnel including combat medics, nurses, physician assistants, physicians, and flight surgeons. He has experience in the development of simulation curriculum here at the University of Minnesota, as well as a background in medical research as a Senior Research Technician in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Minnesota.

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AHC Simulation Center

The Simulation Center is the Academic Health Center’s latest addition to its educational simulations resources. It offers 5,000 square feet of space designed specifically for simulations using computerized mannequins and procedural trainers. Based on the recommendations of a multi-professional faculty task force, the Simulation Center’s facilities and equipment are ideal for staging a wide variety of clinical scenarios and environments, especially those incorporating critical care and/or team training.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, this tour will:

  1. Introduce participants to the facilities, equipment and services of the AHC Simulation Center
  2. Introduce participants to the SimCapture data recording system and its capabilities, especially for annotation and immediate debriefing
  3. Introduce participants to examples of current and planned simulations for training of hospital staff, professional licensure, medical education, and emergency preparedness.


Jane L. Miller, PhD

The tour will be conducted by Dr. Jane Miller, Director of the AHC Simulation Center and the IERC. Her work with the Simulation Center and the IERC has given her the opportunity to use her scholarly training and experience as a social scientist and as an educational researcher. As a medical anthropologist, Dr. Miller worked with a multi-professional team of public health, medical, and nursing professionals to assess maternal-child health training programs throughout Africa for the United Nations Development Programme. As an educational researcher, Dr. Miller has served as a principal investigator and collaborated on many projects, including a $1.6 million grant from the Archibald Bush Foundation to develop, implement, and assess the introduction of active learning teaching strategies to faculty and students across the Minnesota State College and University system. Dr. Miller is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health and serves as a lecturer in the Department of Educational Policy & Administration where she teaches a doctoral seminar on teaching and learning in higher education.

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