Clinical Pharmacology Simulation Software to Bridge the Gap Between Classroom Learning and Patient Care

Empowering Therapeutic Decision Making
for Students in Real-Time

SimPHARM

Web-Based Clinical Pharmacology Modeling and Simulation Platform

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SimPHARM is a clinical pharmacology simulation tool that creates a realistic clinical experience. It is built on mathematical models of the physiology of body systems that simulates real life reactions to diseases and drugs. This allows the student to sense and feel the consequences of their decisions. Because SimPHARM operates on a dynamic learning algorithm, every student who runs the case will experience it differently. SimPHARM’s clinical pharmacology simulation software is an ideal training solution for both undergraduate and graduate pharmacy education programs.

Cutting-Edge Virtual Patient Training for the Modern Learner

Experience Training Scenarios in Real-Time

SimPHARM utilizes a dynamic Case Based Learning (CBL) model. The faculty/instructor creates a case in which a patient presents with certain medical problems. The student begins the case by developing a care plan, initiating treatment, and observing the effects of the drugs being administered in real-time. The student can then make self-reflective notes, document justification for treatment, discuss the material with the faculty/instructor or other students, and complete the case with a final reflection. Ideal for flipped classroom learning environments, the SimPHARM real-time cognitive game engine empowers students to develop their clinical decision making skills at their own pace while under the supervision of faculty.

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Case Dynamically Changes Based on Therapeutic Decisions
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SimPHARM is a clinical pharmacology simulation tool that creates a realistic clinical experience. It is built on mathematical models of the physiological body systems that simulates real life reactions to diseases and drugs, allowing the student to sense and feel the consequences of their decisions. And because SimPHARM operates on a dynamic learning algorithm, every student who runs the case will experience it differently.

Puts Students in the Driver's Seat

As the flipped classroom model becomes more widely adopted, institutions are seeking out ways to give students access to educational content independently while under the guidance of a faculty member. SimPHARM empowers students to read, review, and learn material before entering the classroom. An instructor can simply and easily assign a SimPHARM case prior to class, allowing students to work at their own pace. Students can choose appropriate drugs and dosing regimens, order lab tests, and interact with interprofessional or medical teams while experiencing the consequences of their decisions and reflecting on case progress in real-time. Students are also given the opportunity to debrief their experiences and compare decisions with classroom peers.

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Experience Consequences of Decisions
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What happened? Why did it happen? How would a different decision affect the outcome? Reflection and feedback are the heart and soul of the clinical pharmacology simulation experience. SimPHARM allows students to complete cases on their own time and experience the consequences of their decisions, enhancing learning through reflection. A real-time cognitive game where one minute of virtual time equals one minute of real time, SimPHARM helps students make decisions, think, and respond as they would in an actual clinical environment.

Key Features

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Case Building & Repository
The SimPHARM case building platform allows cases to be built quickly (in as little as 10 - 20 minutes) using a modular format. Prebuilt cases with various pathologies at different levels of learning are also available.
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Dynamic Learning Experience
SimPHARM incorporates a high-level simulation platform to provide a unique, immersive cognitive gaming experience.
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Robust Functionality
SimPHARM contains more than 400 drugs that can be prescribed, over 100 lab tests and symptoms that can be monitored, and 92 pathologies that can be selected in order to create a unique learning experience.
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Pathologies
SimPHARM creates pathologies across multiple systems with realistic time sensitive changes in laboratory values and symptoms.
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Scalability
SimPHARM was developed with flexibility in mind. Scale your pharmacy program beyond the classroom with virtual simulation training that can be accessed anywhere, anytime.
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Security
Maintain security and compliance with SimPHARM’s cloud-based clinical pharmacology modeling and simulation platform.

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About

  • Education Management Solutions (EMS) and Professor Stephen Duffull of the University of Otago School of Pharmacy have teamed up to develop the SimPHARM clinical pharmacology simulation solution. SimPHARM gives pharmacy and medical training institutions the framework they need to help learners more effectively bridge the gap between classroom learning and patient care.
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    Education Management Solutions, LLC (EMS)
    Education Management Solutions (EMS), a Minority and Woman-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE), has been an industry pioneer in video and content management solutions for healthcare training environments for over 25 years. Working alongside subject matter experts, we serve as the driving force behind numerous consumer-centered innovations that continue to move the training and education market forward with breakthrough technologies. Our innovations range from clinical simulation management software and hardware to counselor education and virtual interactive computer-based training tools for interprofessional and pharmacological education.
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    Professor Stephen Duffull, University of Otago School of Pharmacy
    Stephen Duffull has been registered as a pharmacist since 1986, and has practiced in hospital and community pharmacy settings, and worked and trained in the Department of Clinical Pharmacology at Christchurch Hospital in Christchurch, New Zealand for 10 years. During this time he completed his Masters and PhD degrees. His PhD involved the design and analysis of clinical pharmacokinetic studies. In 2006, he was offered a position as a Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Otago, where he served as Dean of Pharmacy from 2010 to 2016, and currently holds the title of Associate Dean, Research and Postgraduate. Professor Duffull has contributed over 200 publications in the area of modeling and pharmacometrics, which helped build a knowledge base that fueled the development of the SimPHARM clinical pharmacology simulation software.

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FAQs

Yes. SimPHARM comes pre-loaded with a repository of medical cases you can use with your students right out of the box. Additionally, faculty members and instructors are able to quickly and simply create cases of their own by leveraging existing case structures.
There are over 400 drugs that can be prescribed, over 100 lab tests and symptoms that can be monitored, and up to 92 pathologies that can be selected within SimPHARM.
SimPHARM is a valuable tool for both undergraduate and graduate learning levels.
SimPHARM is subscription-based software with tiered pricing based on the amount of users that will be accessing the system. To get more information about pricing specific to your needs you can schedule a Free Consultation by clicking here.

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