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WKS1: Digital play - Training of standardized patients for digital formats (Jan Siebenbrock, Johanna Kollet, Julia Browne, Bernhard Marschall)
Wednesday, 31/Aug/2022:
9:00am - 12:00pm

Location: CHUV auditorium Alexandre Yersin

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Digital play - Training of standardized patients for digital formats

Jan Siebenbrock, Johanna Kollet, Julia Browne, Bernhard Marschall

IfAS (Institut für Ausbildung und Studienangelegenheiten) Münster, Germany


Digitization has been part of medicine and medical studies for several years [1]. The Covid-19 pandemic at the latest showed how important it is to be digitally positioned in simulation as well. In Münster we have been developing and staging digital simulation scenarios in the field of telemedicine for several years. In the past two years, we have perfected simulation with virtually connected standardized patients [SPs]. The way of playing and training SPs for a digital context can be different from a present setting with directly physical contact between students and SPs. In this workshop we would like to present the possibilities and challenges of virtual interaction with SPs and give a practical experience of what needs to be taken into account when staging and training SPs for digital contexts.

Already at the beginning of the pandemic, a very large part of the events with SPs could be continued digitally at the Institut für Ausbildung und Studienangelegenheiten (IfAS), Münster - based on the telemedical preliminary experiences. SPs were connected to the students with video and sound for medical history discussions and educational interviews as far as psychosomatic therapy discussions and telemedical examinations. This created unfamiliar challenges for the SPs: How do you create an atmosphere/relationship across the digital distance? How do you act in front of the camera? How do you deal with technical disruptions?

SP trainers have to support the SPs in these questions. In addition, there are organizational challenges: How can SPs be trained and supported at a distance - especially in this sensitive medical field? What (technical, spatial) conditions must be created in order to implement a successful event?

Of course there are seminars and manuals on how to use the camera correctly [2]. The good handling of video conferences is also addressed in handouts and workshops [3]. The special challenges of simulations in digital settings have hardly been investigated so far.


After the workshop, the participants will be able to

• create appropriate conditions for digital formats with SPs,

• guide SPs so that they can convey atmosphere, relationship, status and emotion over the virtual distance,

• train SPs to create the desired effect through the camera.

Target audience

This workshop is an offer for SP-Trainers.


After an introduction, in which the range of possibilities for the use of digital simulation is presented, the participants will act out a simulation themselves. They will be guided by the workshop leaders in their preparation, execution and follow-up with the help of practical exercises. Finally, the differences between the virtual and the physically present simulation will be discussed.


[1] Kuhn, S., Frankenhauser, S., Tolks, D.: Digitale Lehr- und Lernangebote in der medizinischen Ausbildung. Schon am Ziel oder noch am Anfang? In: Bundesgesundheitsblatt - Gesundheitsforschung - Gesundheitsschutz 61(2). 2018. S. 201-209

[2] Arijon, D.: Grammar of the Film Language. Los Angeles 1991

[3] Matschnig, M.: Und plötzlich war die Kamera an... – Souverän wirken in Videokonferenzen, Webinaren und Co. Offenbach 2021

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