SIMpathetic Program – Using Simulation Stethoscope with Standardized Patients for Pharmacy Education

TitleSIMpathetic Program – Using Simulation Stethoscope with Standardized Patients for Pharmacy Education
Faculty/College/UnitPharmaceutical Sciences
Duration1 Year
Project Summary

The College of Pharmacists of British Columbia is moving towards advanced practitioner credentialing. This will allow pharmacists’ independent prescribing, which involves initiating, monitoring, and changing drug therapy. Hence, pharmacists and pharmacy students will require advanced training in skills such as physical assessment. In the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, students are taught physical assessment skills using human patient simulators. While simulators are life-like, anatomically correct, and provide physiological responses to mimic real patients, they do not allow for human interaction. With the SIMpathetic program, students will be able to obtain and interpret physical assessment findings transmitted by a simulation stethoscope while interacting with real-life people acting as a standardized patient. It will allow pharmacy students to enhance their communication skills and develop good bedside manner while improving their physical assessment technique, all of which will be required when interacting with their future patients on clerkships and in clinical practice.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2018/2019
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorFong Chan
Year 1: Funded Amount38,418
Year 1: Team Members

Fong Chan, Lecturer, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Tamiz Kanji, Senior Instructor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Katherine Seto, Senior Instructor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Lia Hughes, Integration Activities Manager, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Miriam Ahmed, 3rd Year Entry-to-Practice PharmD Student, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Doson Chua, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Cardiology, St. Paul’s Hospital / Clinical Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Year 1: TLEF ShowcaseYear 1: TLEF Showcase
Project Report2018-TLEF-Final-Chan-WEB.pdf