Virtual Clinical Resources
by Alvin Bisarya, MD, Vice President of Healthcare Innovations | March 24, 2020
At Kaplan, we are proud to work with thousands of medical educators and their students around the world to assist in the journey to becoming a professional. We know the COVID-19 outbreak is creating a unique set of challenges as you must grapple with what is best for the institution as a whole while also considering the wellbeing of your students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others.
We believe strongly in the partnerships we have with educators and in the incredibly positive outcomes that they achieve through their missions. We are so proud to work with such wonderful organizations that impact so many and do so much good, and want to help during this time.
As the general manager of Kaplan’s i-Human Patients, our virtual patient simulation unit, I am seeing a few major challenges related to clinical education that our current partners are communicating to us:
- How can I get my students quality clinical experiences remotely / online?
- How can I ensure these clinical experiences will be acknowledged by accrediting bodies?
- How can I support my students to get the most out of these experiences?
To help in these challenging circumstances, we have made our programs more financially accessible for cohorts whose semesters are already underway. We also have data regarding student case play duration and debriefing options that can help you and your colleagues determine how to translate these simulation experiences to clinical hours using the guidelines of your particular state and accreditors.
Tips for How to Manage Your Virtual Lectern
Additionally, as I know that many of you are facing the challenge of transferring your in-person classes to online classrooms, I wanted to offer up a few tips from Kaplan’s online learning experts on how to manage your own virtual lectern:
1. Designate a Teaching Space
When teaching online, it’s important to remember that your student’s attention can (and will) wander at times. Be sure to find a neutral space in your home or home office without distractions such as artwork or photographs. Keep it simple!
2. Dress for Success
Even though you are presenting lectures from your home, it is still important to dress in the same manner you would for an in-person class. Your attire and demeanor will set a tone of professionalism for the class.
3. The Sound of Silence
Before class begins, take a few moments to make sure that your personal cell phone is set to silent. Shut the door to your office and close the windows. And before you begin the class, remember to remind your students to do the same.
Download a copy of "How to Manage Your Virtual Lectern" for tips you can implement today.
We're Here To Support Your Needs
We deeply respect the work you do every day to build strong practitioners, and our team is standing by to provide whatever assistance we can during this crisis. Please let us know how we can better support you during these challenging times.
If you have any questions or can think of any way we can support you through this crisis, please submit your information at i-human.com.
For more educator resources to use in the digital classroom, read more articles on our blog.
Alvin Bisarya holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Brown University and an M.D. from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Alvin joined Kaplan in 2013 and currently oversees Kaplan's virtual patient simulation business, i-Human Patients.