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Human Patient Simulation

Project Leader: Dr. Marian Traynor

The Human Patient Simulator represents advanced technology designed to mimic a "real patient" and in doing so adds to the authenticity of the learning experience.

Following a successful pilot involving nursing students, a multidisciplinary team of medical educators and nurse educators worked together to develop a set of case scenarios for interprofessional learning. Nursing and medical students worked together on these scenarios, which included, for example, caring for a patient with acute chest pain, head injury or breathing difficulties. The technology allowed the lecturer to role play the scenario in response to the students' actions; all of this activity takes place behind a one way mirror and provides the teaching team with the opportunity to observe and monitor the students response to the specific scenarios.

During the scenarios the students also had access to patient notes and a telephone to enable them to communicate with other members of the clinical team or relatives.

Human Patient Simulation
Human Patient Simulation


Stewart, M., Kennedy, N. & Grandidier, H. C. (2010) 'Undergraduate interprofessional education using high-fidelity paediatric simulation', The Clinical Teacher, vol. 7., no. 2 | View online

Morison, S and Stewart M. (2009) Developing effective teams and protecting the vulnerable: an interprofessional journey. In Moran J.E and Anderson B.M. (eds) Outsourcing, Team Work and Business Management. New York: Nova Science Publishers Inc.

Traynor, M. Stewart, M and Grandidier, H. (Pending) 'Developing a practical framework for undergraduate interprofessional teaching and learning using high fidelity simulation'.

Conference Contributions

Morrow, P. & Corkin, D. (2008)  'Interprofessional Simulated Learning'. Paper presented for the NETNEP Conference. June. Dublin.

Murray, J. M. & Traynor, M. (2008) 'Interprofessional Shared Learning Using Simulation Technology: An Initial Study with Medical and Nursing Students'. Paper presented for the Inaugural Scientific Meeting RCSI INMED conference. Dublin.

Morison, S. & O'Boyle, A. (2008) 'Developing Professional Identity: A study of the Preceptions of Medical, Dentistry, Nusing and Pharmacy Students. Paper Presented at the ASM conference New Horizons in Medical Education. September 10-12. Leicester.

Contact Information

Centre for Excellence in Interprofessional Education
Queen's University Belfast
School of Dentistry
Grosvenor Road
Belfast BT12 6BP

Tel: 028 9063 5313

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