Introduction to Medical Simulation

0.5 Continuing Education Credit Hours

Category: Education Fundamentals

This module provides an introduction to medical simulation by discussing the importance of simulation, the types of medical simulation, and the link between simulation and learning theory. Read more . . .


Jessica Tindall, MS, RRT, CHSE

Jessica Tindall is a Medical Simulation Specialist at The Ohio State University’s Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center.  She is primarily responsible for the center’s simulation curriculum development, evaluation, and faculty development.  Prior to beginning her career in medical simulation in 2014, Jessica worked as a Respiratory Therapist in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.   During that time, she received her Masters of Science in Allied Health Education from The Ohio State University and held positions as both a clinical and classroom instructor for The Ohio State University’s Respiratory Therapy Program.  

Sheryl Pfeil, MD, FACP, CHSE

Sheryl Pfeil is the Medical Director of The Ohio State University Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center. She oversees center operations and educational activities involving technical simulation and the standardized patient program. She also has various education roles within the College of Medicine including serving as a Block Director, Expert Educator, and Director of Competency for professional and personal development. In 2013, Dr. Pfeil received her certification from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare as a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator. 

The Ohio State University's Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center

The Ohio State University College of Medicine’s Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center (CSEAC) occupies 26,000 square feet within the university’s Prior Health Sciences Library.  Its mission is to promote and provide high quality education and high fidelity assessment of skills and procedures, with the ultimate intent being to advance patient care.  CSEAC offers its users the space, equipment and expertise required to achieve this mission.  A combination of high and low fidelity task trainers, virtual reality trainers, standardized patients, and human patient simulators are used to provide education through simulation to current and future healthcare providers from both inside and outside The Ohio State University.  


  1. Describe the three types of medical simulation.
  2. Define Fidelity as it relates to medical simulation.
  3. Relate Adult Learning Theory to medical simulation.
  4. Describe the three phases of a simulation.

Online Module

When completing the on-line module you will be presented with learning objectives, brief cases, questions for reflection (not scored), and interactive lessons with hyperlinks to engage you along the way. Once you complete the lessons, you will be presented with the Post Test (which requires a score of 80%) and then the Module Evaluation, followed by the opportunity to print your Continuing Education Certificate. Modules remain available for your future reference once you have completed them.