Durham, N.C., June 20, 2011 – TheraSim, a leading provider of virtual patient simulation (VPS) for training physicians, is teaming up with Northeastern University School of Pharmacy to build a beta application designed for educating and assessing pharmacy students using virtual patients. The application will be built on the TheraSim 360 platform that houses an Artificial Intelligence engine of over one million clinical rules. The Northeastern pharmacy students will use TheraSim VPS to interact with virtual patients – developing a broader understanding of disease states and drug treatment plans in a realistic, but low consequence setting.
TheraSim VPS will develop functionality in its simulator to evaluate students’ medication therapy management recommendation skills and the rationale accompanying these decisions – this will aid in clinical reasoning skill assessment and development. In addition, functionality to measure and report dosing specific decisions will be enhanced. Northeastern University faculty are working closely with TheraSim to modify case content and develop a simulation environment that challenges and engages the Northeastern students. “Northeastern is a perfect partner for this type of initiative. The program and faculty are committed to bringing their students cutting-edge technology in an integrated curriculum. Their enthusiasm and expertise will be a great resource as we develop this new application.” says Gordon Cervenka, TheraSim President.
Northeastern University School of Pharmacy has developed a curriculum with a heavy emphasis on early cooperative experience and advanced pharmacy practice experiential education. The virtual patient simulation allows the faculty to bring realistic clinical settings to the classroom at a higher quantity and lower cost – enhancing the learning experience of the students and their confidence.
About Northeastern University:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a global, experiential research university. Grounded in its signature co-op program, Northeastern today provides unprecedented experiential learning opportunities around the world. Students work on co-op, study and do research in 160 cities, 69 countries and on all continents, including Antarctica. The University’s rapidly growing research enterprise is strategically aligned with three national imperatives: health, security, and sustainability.
About TheraSim, Inc.:
TheraSim is a world-class technology company that has developed a virtual patient simulation platform that makes virtual patients a reality for healthcare education. TheraSim’s virtual patient simulations have run over 650,000 simulations spanning over 180 countries. TheraSim offers flexible technology solutions including custom applications. Learn more about how TheraSim can move your healthcare training to the next level by visiting www.TheraSim.com.