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The Simulation in Medical Education elective is for students interested in an advanced understanding of high-fidelity simulation. Medical students and residents regularly utilize high-fidelity mannequins to simulate high-risk clinical scenarios in a safe, low-risk setting. The goal of this rotation is to learn more about what goes into medical simulation sessions: from the drawing board to educational delivery. Students will be involved with case creation, session programming and setup, as well as controlling high-fidelity mannequins.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Dylan Cooper, MD (ddcooper@iu.edu)

Director: Dylan Cooper, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: The Simulation Center at Fairbanks Hall (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Develop knowledge base in operations and capacities of high fidelity simulation for medical education (PBLI1)

  • 2) Assist educators and simulation staff in developing, programming and implementing their simulation projects (PBLI1)
  • 3) Create a simulation case from planning phase to implementation which is targeted for MS4 learners in Emergency Medicine (PBLI1)
  • 4) Demonstrate professional oral and written communication skills (ISC5)


  • Professional Development Evaluation Form; (Students receive their final grade based upon attendance, center feedback and grading of their final project. The attendance and feedback are completed through direct observation by our simulation staff, while the final project is graded by the course director).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th Year status, Emergency Medicine Clerkship

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 30

Time Distribution: 60% Laboratory; 40% Library/Research

Elective Type Category: PD - Professional Development

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Dylan Cooper, MD (ddcooper@iu.edu)

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description:

The students will work with learners from IU School of Nursing, IU School of Medicine, and IU Health, which includes multiple professions.

Service Learning Included: None