Using simulation to teach biosafety and interprofessional principles to underrepresented students interested in healthcare professions

Academic Article


  • To meet growing demands to diversify the healthcare workforce, programs for underrepresented students must educate and engage them in meaningful learning experiences. In this article, we describe the Summer Health Professions Education Program at a prestigious public university in the southeast; specifically, a training session in donning and doffing personal protective equipment for biological hazards. This training session introduces students to valuable biosafety skills and familiarizes them with the concepts of simulation and interprofessional education. We believe that healthcare simulations that scaffold student learning, encourage reflective practice, and model the increasingly interdependent nature of healthcare delivery can begin to answer the call for greater diversity in our nation’s healthcare workforce.
  • Keywords

  • Biosafety, Experiential learning, Interprofessional education, Simulation, Underrepresented populations
  • Author List

  • Fifolt MM; White M; McCormick L
  • Start Page

  • 46
  • End Page

  • 57
  • Volume

  • 12
  • Issue

  • 1