Posted: April 22, 2020

Manikin-Based Simulation Conducted Over Videoconference: Technical Details


Utilizing commonly available videoconferencing equipment, our simulation center staff conducted remote simulation sessions for clerkship students restricted from in-person participation due to COVID-19. This resource provides a detailed overview of the project, specifically the technical requirements and setup. Utilizing our existing simulation infrastructure, in addition to a standalone videoconferencing cart, students were able to participate in manikin-based simulation sessions remotely. Utilizing our simulation staff as avatars, each student is assigned a role during the simulation, and is responsible for the patient interview, review of data and ordering of diagnostics and interventions. 


Steve Vance, M.D., Central Michigan University College of Medicine
John Jervinsky, B.A., Central Michigan University College of Medicine
Robert Sasso, M.D., Central Michigan University College of Medicine


Learner Audience

Undergraduate Medical Education (UME), Interprofessional


Patient Care

Resource Type(s)

Distance Learning - Synchronous
Educational Technology

Instructional Method(s)



Simulation, Remote Learning, Alternative Clinical Experience