Interprofessional Virtual Healthcare Simulations Framework
July 1, 2016
June 15, 2017
The University of Cincinnati Office of the Provost awarded a Provost Technology Innovation Award to a joint project with the Colleges of Nursing, Medicine, Allied Health Sciences, and Pharmacy, and UCIT’s Center for Simulations & Virtual Environments Research to enhance an existing virtual clinical framework developed for the Medical Simulation System funded through a NIH/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering grant. This award will fund UCSIM’s development of an interprofessional virtual clinical experience platform prototype for students enrolled in on-site and online programs. The prototype will give students the opportunity to safely engage in a variety of healthcare scenarios while practicing skills and procedures with virtual patients, and expose health professions students to interprofessional environments that are not easily replicated in the physical environment.
Students will play one of four medical personnel roles on staff (Nurse Practitioner, Social Worker, Pharmacist, Doctor), and must coordinate with each other to address the patient’s medical needs and interact with the patient’s family. The patient is Alberta Tempe, a 70-year old African-American woman with a past history of hypertension and diabetes, and she was sent to the hospital after visiting her primary care physician with complaints of shortness of breath, severe fatigue, and sudden weight gain.