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Getting Started with Simulation Escape Rooms

Live Webinar | February 21, 2020

Live Webinar: Getting Started with Simulation Escape Rooms

Friday, February 21, 2020 | 1:00 PM EST | Duration: 1 Hour


Simulation escape rooms have become increasingly popular in educational settings. In healthcare training environments, the learning method amplifies the benefits of using simulation to teach critical thinking, teamwork, and clinical skills.

Join Janine Valko, Jim Behme, and Brian Wallenburg for a panel discussion about their experience designing and facilitating simulation escape rooms at their respective organizations. They will share:

  • How they got started using simulation escape rooms as a teaching method
  • The results they have seen among their learners
  • How to incorporate high-fidelity simulators in an escape room
  • Tips for success


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Our Panelists:


Jim Behme

Simulation Center Coordinator | University of Connecticut (Uconn) School of Medicine and Uconn Health

Jim has been involved in simulation for 12 years and has grown his current program from a small shared 350 sq ft location to its current 6000 sq ft center with an accompanying growth in usage.

Following a SUN conference in April of 2019, which featured an Escape Room session, he has developed and run multiple Escape Rooms and is in the process of designing several more. He is currently a co-author for a presentation that is being considered for the 2020 ASPE Conference. He was also recently awarded the Dr. Peter J Deckers Employee Appreciation Award; UConn Health’s employee of the year.


Janine Valko, MSN, RN, CEN

Simulation Education Manager, STAR Center | Allegheny Health Network

Janine has logged over thirty-five years of nursing experience with an emphasis in emergency nursing, leadership and education. Janine’s combination of clinical education and experience provide a strong academic foundation to support her role as a Simulation Education Manager at the STAR (Simulation, Teaching, Academia and Research) Center serving Allegheny Health Network.

Most recently, Janine has devoted much of her efforts integrating the escape room modality into the simulated environment as an innovative approach to learning. This includes presenting at IMSH in 2019 and 2020, as well as at the 2019 SUN Conferences.


Brian Wallenburg, N.R.P.

Simulation Specialist | University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine

Brian has been involved in health care and health care education since 1999. He most recently worked as a flight paramedic at Sanford Health as a member of the pediatric, obstetrics and adult critical care teams.

Currently, Brian manages the manikins and organizes the setup, breakdown and supplies in the skills lab and simulation areas. His responsibilities also include supervising simulation equipment maintenance, testing and running scenarios with faculty instructors and assisting with curriculum development.

Moderated by:

Andrew Kristopik, Content Marketing Manager, Laerdal Medical