Medical Simulation Phase 1: Simulation Preparation

0.5 Continuing Education Credit Hours

Category: Education Fundamentals

This module will provide the step-by-step approach to preparing for a simulation session. Topics discussed in this module include needs assessments, goals and objectives, obtaining resources, and the specific preparation needs for each of the three types of simulation.


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 components of an Educational Needs Assessment
  2. Construct simulation goals and objectives based on an Educational Needs Assessment
  3. Determine the appropriate resources required for an objective-based simulation experience

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.