MIPERC Simulation Design Competition

The MIPERC Interprofessional Simulation Design Competition is a collaborative competition for students and health care professionals challenging participants to demonstrate their skills in developing an interprofessional healthcare related simulation.

Simulation Design Competition Objective: IPE teams of 2 to 5 participants (students or health care professionals) will design an interprofessional healthcare simulation incorporating the IPEC Core Competencies and using MIPERC’s Interprofessional Simulation Design Rubric as a guide. The goal is for each team to design a clinically relevant interprofessional simulation that could be utilized as a simulation-based experience to teach students in higher education and/or in community based settings and ultimately improve patient safety and interprofessional collaboration. 

The top design entries from both the student and health professional teams (as chosen by the MIPERC Simulation Workgroup using the MIPERC Interprofessional Simulation Design Rubric) will be recognized by MIPERC and added to MIPERC's library of IPE Simulations. First place winners will also be invited to present a poster at the annual MIPERC Conference held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 student design teams. 

Keep in mind the following pointers when planning to design a simulation for the first time. All effective simulations must begin with clearly defined and measurable learning objectives (tip: keep goals simple and achievable), include a progression of events that aligns with the chosen learning objectives (see example flow charts in Helpful Links Section), and encourage critical thinking and decision making for learners. Additional necessary elements include debriefing questions, and clinically relevant references. Student teams will be paired with an advisor with simulation experience or teams can request to chose a university faculty member to be their advisor. Participants should also reference the resources available in the Helpful Links section below. Teams that include learners with experience in simulation are encouraged; however, simulation experience is not required for teams to participate. 

Team Registration

Register your Team Here

Eligibility Criteria:

Student Teams:  Students must be registered for at least one college/university course during the 2020-2019 academic year.  Teams must be comprised of students from at least two different health-related academic disciplines. Participation in this competition does qualify as a capstone project for those students enrolled in the MIPERC IPE Certificate Program.

  • Minimum number of students per team: 2
  • Maximum number of students per team: 5
  • One team advisor is required.  An Advisor may be recruited by the student team or one will be assigned to the team by competition organizers. 

Health Professional Teams:  Teams must be comprised of professionals from at least two different health-related professions. 

  • Minimum number of professionals per team: 2
  • Maximum number of professionals per team: 5
  • No team advisor is required.  If desired, one will be provided upon request.

Key Dates, Timeline, Roles, and Responsibilities

Timeline, Roles, and Responsibilities

Key Dates:

Registration Period: 08.22.2020 - 01.01.2021 @ midnight, eastern standard time

Last Day to Submit Design:  02.01.2021 @ midnight, eastern standard time

Winners Announced:  03.02.2021

Advisor Registration

Register to be a Team Advisor Here

As a Team Advisor you are an essential component in guiding the team through the design process as well as making sure they meet deadlines.  

Eligibility Criteria:

Professional health-related community member with experience in simulation.

University faculty/staff members with experience in simulation.

Prize Information

Student Teams

1st Prize - $500 and the opportunity for the team's simulation design to be implemented during one of the PIPES events. The winning team will also be invited to present their simulation design as a poster presentation at the annual MIPERC Conference in Grand Rapids, MI.

2nd Prize - $250 and the opportunity for the team's simulation designed to be implemented during one of the PIPES events.

3rd Prize - $100 and the opportunity for the team's simulation designed to be implemented during one of the PIPES events.

Health Professional Teams

1st Prize- The winning team's simulation design will be implemented at one of the PIPES events. The teams will also be invited to present their simulation design as a poster presentation at the annual MIPERC Conference in Grand Rapids, MI.

Simulation Design Template

This template is provided as a guide.  Not all sections may be applicable to your simulation/scenario.  The sections that are not applicable may be adapted or not included in your final design

Simulation Template

Helpful Links

Laerdal is a company that produces manikins that GVSU has in the Sim Center. Here is checklist that they reference when they produce simulations.  

Laerdal scenario validation checklist.pdf

Here is a page that has simulation design questions that should be considered when creating your simulation. They provide a downloadable design temple which may be good to reference however for GVSUs design competition we prefer you use our temple listed above.


SimTech offers donated simulation designs that you may reference to get an idea of IPE simulations and how different disciplines can be involved a simulation design.


NOTICE: Clear objectives are crucial in every simulation design!

Scholarly articles on Simulation Design

Contact Information

For questions, please contact:

Doug Ayers | ayersdo@gvsu.edu