Layla Simmons, MEd, RDCS, RDMS
Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator Division of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Layla Simmons, M.Ed, RDCS, RDMS is an Assistant Professor in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where she also obtained her undergraduate degree. She completed a Master of Education degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with an emphasis in Learning Systems Technology. Layla has extensive clinical experience in the areas of adult echocardiography and obstetrics and gynecological sonography. Since her teaching career began, Layla has developed a strong passion for enhancing interprofessional education and collaboration as part of health professions education, as well as a strong desire to support public health needs in the community.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

On March 13th, 2020 an academic health center suspended onsite classes due to the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the state. Faculty across 5 colleges (Nursing, Medicine, Public Health, Pharmacy, Health Professions) and the graduate school rapidly implemented alternative methods of instruction to complete coursework for the spring semester. The campus also delivers a 3-phase (exposure, immersion, competence) interprofessional education (IPE) curriculum that is a graduation requirement. Interprofessional simulation training is a core immersion phase activity.   Concurrent to suspension…