EMS, University of Otago develop virtual gaming pharmacy education

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Education Management Solutions LLC (EMS) announced agroundbreaking new virtual gaming platform for pharmacy and clinicaltherapeutics education.

Developed in partnership with Professor Stephen Duffull ofthe University of Otago School of Pharmacy, New Zealand, SimPHARM givespharmacy, medical and nursing schools the framework they need to help studentsmore effectively bridge the gap between classroom learning and nearly realpatient care.

SimPHARM is a clinical therapeutic simulation tool thatcreates a realistic clinical experience in which one minute of virtual timeequals one minute of real time. Ideal for flipped classroom learningenvironments, the platform's cognitive game engine empowers students to developtheir clinical decision-making skills at their own pace while under thesupervision of faculty.

With this partnership, EMS and the University of Otago establisha new standard for pharmacy education that effectively prepares students forreal world clinical practice. SimPHARM helps students develop criticalreal-time decision-making skills, and understand the consequences of thosedecisions through self-reflection, debriefing and peer feedback.

"SimPHARM grew out of a desire to enhance theeducational experience while putting students in the driver's seat. Each case astudent runs enhances their skill development, even when they're workingindependently from an instructor," said Professor Duffull. "Earlyresults from School of Pharmacy students at the University of Otago have shownexcellent engagement – and SimPHARM is more exciting for students than typicalpre-reading requirements.

EMS will provide demonstrations of SimPHARM at the AmericanAssociation of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) pharmacy education conference inChicago, Illinois from July 14-15 in booth #202.


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