Utilizing Zoom Breakout Rooms to Expose Preclerkship Medical Students to TeleMedicine Encounters

Jessica Rucker, Susan Steele, Justin Zumwalt, Natasha Bray

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Emergency Remote Teaching (ERT) presented various challenges as the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences (OSU-CHS) campus closed to students in response to COVID-19 mitigation efforts in late March 2020. While some classes transitioned easily to virtual platforms already in place, such as learning management systems and the lecture recording software, other classes that involved coordinated group activities did not have as many suitable alternatives. One College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) class utilized the teleconferencing tool Zoom. Zoom’s breakout rooms and waiting room features were used to facilitate a clinical interviewing skills lab and telemedicine-type encounter with standardized patients. We were able to successfully designate groups of approximately 10 students into three rooms, amongst which the standardized patients moved at set intervals. Faculty facilitators participated in each room to guide students, and one support staff member served as host to manage the technical aspects of the overall meeting. We found this approach to be a successful alternative to live group activities and a worthwhile opportunity to expose preclerkship students to telemedicine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1359-1360
Number of pages2
JournalMedical Science Educator
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2020


  • Distance learning
  • Emergency remote teaching
  • Online learning
  • Preclerkship
  • Telemedicine


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