Arizona Telemedicine Program Interprofessional Learning Center: Facility design and curriculum development

Ronald S. Weinstein, Ana Mariá López, Gail P. Barker, Elizabeth A. Krupinski, Sandra J. Beinar, Janet Major, Tracy Skinner, Michael J. Holcomb, Richard A. McNeely

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The Institute for Advanced Telemedicine and Telehealth (i.e., T-Health Institute), a division of the state-wide Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP), specializes in the creation of innovative health care education programs. This paper describes a first-of-a-kind video amphitheater specifically designed to promote communication within heterogeneous student groups training in the various health care professions. The amphitheater has an audio-video system that facilitates the assembly of ad hoc "in-the-room" electronic interdisciplinary student groups. Off-site faculty members and students can be inserted into groups by video conferencing. When fully implemented, every student will have a personal video camera trained on them, a head phone/microphone, and a personal voice channel. A command and control system will manage the video inputs of the individual participant's head-and-shoulder video images. An audio mixer will manage the separate voice channels of the individual participants and mix them into individual group-specific voice channels for use by the groups' participants. The audio-video system facilitates the easy reconfiguration of the interprofessional electronic groups, viewed on the video wall, without the individual participants in the electronic groups leaving their seats. The amphitheater will serve as a classroom as well as a unique education research laboratory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-63
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
StatePublished - Oct 2007


  • Distance learning
  • Human performance studies
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Interprofessional
  • Team training
  • Telehealth
  • Telemedicine
  • Video conferencing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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