Degree Name

MSAH (Master of Science in Allied Health)


Allied Health

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Dr. Randy Byington

Committee Members

Dr. Stephen Blankenship, Dr. Landon Shields, Dr. Sean Fox


Simulation and experiential training have been incorporated into medical school training for decades. The utilization of medical simulations has become an invaluable tool in healthcare education and training. However, circumstances such as limited resources, geographical constraints, or global health crises may hinder the feasibility of conducting in-person medical simulations. In these scenarios, virtual medical simulations emerge as a compelling alternative. While there are many ways to accomplish experiential-based learning, many faculty and students feel Socratic learning styles provide the best learning experience.

As medical students had just finished a predominantly virtual preclinical year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the research was interested in understanding students’ perceptions of virtual and in-person experiential learning activities. The primary goal of this study is to compare medical students’ perceptions of the quality and value of in-person versus virtual experiential learning during their pediatric clerkship.

Document Type

Dissertation - unrestricted


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