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The ID&D team has created interactive learning solutions for several departments and centers within the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, as well as external clients such as Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois and Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Our work has been presented globally at the Association for Medical Education in Europe, Asia Pacific Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine and the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare.

Interactive Learning Modules


This series of interactive competency-based learning modules was designed to teach geriatric-care skills and issues to Emergency Medicine residents, integrated into the "GEDI" initiative. It’s been used for resident assessment at Northwestern Medicine and Mt. Sinai. The modules map to ACEP's Geriatric Competencies for Emergency Medicine Residents. It incorporates testimonial video, clinical scenario videos and interactive gaming within each module. We also created a website and mobile-optimized website to house the modules.

Leads: Amer Aldeen, MD and Scott Dresden, MD, Emergency Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

HRSA Multicultural Kidney Donation

This large-scale project serves English- and Spanish-speaking kidney donors and recipients. It includes a full-scale website, video testimonials, "telenovela" scripted/acted videos and several interactive learning modules and games. Every component was created in English and in Spanish.

Lead: Elisa Gordon, PhD, MPH, Center for Healthcare Studies, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University


A series of interactive learning modules focused on the DMAIC process-improvement model, incorporating video testimonials, voiceover components and interactive gaming in custom-designed, media-rich modules. This includes a blended-learning design of take-home assignments and in-class content. The modules also operate as stand-alone units.

Lead: Mark Schumacher, MS, Director of Performance Improvement, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare

Video-Based Learning

Central Line Insertion

A full curriculum support package for Dr. Barsuk's Central Line Insertion simulation-based instruction, including detailed, scripted procedural videos and three complete, scripted-voiceover lecture modules.

Lead: Jeff Barsuk, MD, MS, Hospital Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University.

Peripheral IV Ultrasound

A simulation-support video to teach ultrasound-guided peripheral IV insertion. Simulation was captured using models, a live person and ultrasound footage, and the final video includes a scripted voiceover.

Lead: Ashley Amick, MD, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

RATL Feedback Training

Developed an improved approach to teaching feedback skills to residents, aligned with the Residents As Teachers and Leaders (RATL) program. This includes in-person workshops, supported by specific video scenarios filmed in a clinical setting.

Lead: Vinky Chadha MD, General Internal Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Multimedia Production

Video Abstract for BMJ

Promotional/informational video accompanying a BMJ article, including studio footage, location footage and IDD-created photography.

Lead: Dorothy Dunlop, PhD, Center for Healthcare Studies, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Surgical Safety Videos

Multi-angle video of liver transplantation, part of the A2ALL Safety project.

Lead: Donna Woods, PhD, Center for Healthcare Studies, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Full Curricular Redesign


The Institute for Public Health and Medicine is moving its current on-site MS in Health Services in Outcomes Research to a "hybrid" executive model. Eleven HSOR courses are being reviewed and redesigned, with portions of each course presented as video-based online modules, dovetailing with redesigned in-class content and blended-learning assignments and projects. This is an 18-month project, launching in September 2015.

Lead: Jane Holl, MD MPH, Director, Center for Healthcare Studies and Center for Education in Health Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Connect with the ID&D

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