Creating Simulations that Work: A Case Study

The VenaSeal™ closure system uses a proprietary medical adhesive to close diseased vein segments in the superficial venous system. At initial launch, field representatives had sporadic case experience, leading to a loss of learning transfer and an opportunity for lost procedural knowledge and confidence. Medtronic was challenged to create an engaging training solution that would fill this gap and could be easily accessed at the point-of-need. In response, the organization created a simulation that visually represents the procedure in detail.

How do we progress from defining a procedure that can benefit from simulation to creating an engaging and interactive experience? The focus of this workshop is on the process involved in developing a simulation that is instructionally sound and visually rich -- one that incorporates a “wow” factor that immediately invites the audience to participate. It will explore the challenges involved in translating paper-based instructions for use into robust, visual learning that accurately represents the procedure and reinforces key elements such as the critical nature of timing and device placement. It will also describe the team that needs to be involved throughout the process to ensure approval from medical, legal, and regulatory review groups. Finally, it will provide an example of the simulation for learners to explore.

  • Date:Wednesday, June 5
  • Time:4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Room:Grapevine 5-6
  • Location:Grapevine 5-6
  • Session Type:Case Study
  • Submitter Name: Steinhilber, Karen
  • Submission Date (CST): 17/12/2018 12:34
  • Session Level: Intermediate
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  • Session Length: 60 Minute Workshop
  • How are you planning on keeping the learners engaged during this presentation?: Discuss the challenges that pertain to simulation development, identify who needs to be on the design and review teams, and experience the app.
  • Learning Objective 1: Describe when to use a simulation to fill an identified knowledge or skill gap
  • Learning Objective 2: Explain the process for designing an accurate, visually engaging simulation
  • Learning Objective 3: Anticipate and plan for potential challenges associated with creating simulations
  • What is the topic your workshop will cover and how is it relevant to the industry?: Our focus is how to make simulations instructionally sound, engaging, and the challenges of translating instructions into robust learning.