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LK 102
Reimagining the future of health care: innovation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
LK 102
Reimagining the future of health care: innovation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
Pharmacy Innovation Lab
Pharmacy has been and will be the frontline of health care. The average American lives within five miles or less of a pharmacy and makes, on average, 35 visits to a pharmacy each year. The current changes... Read more

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Pharmacy has been and will be the frontline of health care. The average American lives within five miles or less of a pharmacy and makes, on average, 35 visits to a pharmacy each year. The current changes in health care significantly affect patients and providers. Automation, consumerism, digital health, and shifting reimbursement models are causing continual, dynamic shifts in pharmacy and healthcare. To ensure that the frontline of healthcare proactively leads the change, the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy has developed the PittPharmacy Innovation Program.

Since 2012, this Program has incorporated innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship into the curriculum. Development of the Program stemmed from other successful models of education in engineering, design, and business. The School of Pharmacy has changed its didactic and experiential education to reflect the shifting healthcare landscape. Didactic learning throughout the curriculum include design-thinking, return-on-investment, and creative problem solving. Clinical curriculum changes include moving away from lecture-based, static curriculum. For example, the School’s Drug Development course, teaching how new drug compounds traverse FDA regulation to become approved medications, was redeveloped as an alternate-reality game. In this semester-long game, student groups are treated as biotechnology companies responsible for the scientifically accurate, fiscally sustainable, and timely development of clinical trials. High-fidelity human simulations, “jigsaw” teaching, and narrative framing supplement the experience. Course instructors also serve as game master and facilitate the course via an online platform jointly developed by students and faculty from the School of Information Science in its “Serious Games” course.

Partnerships, internal and external to the University, have offered unique experiential learning opportunity for students and faculty in the PittPharmacy Innovation Program. Clinical partners offer students the opportunity to reimagine operational challenges through augmented reality technology, such as Google Glass. Technology companies allow students and faculty to reimagine education by considering the role of wearables in clinical practice and as a part of education. University partners leverage students and faculty to reimagine the possibilities of collaboration between disciplines, such as the creation of hardware-based solutions to facilitate refilling medications.

The PittPharmacy Innovation Program is empowering students and faculty to reimagine the future of health care with its partners by leveraging innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship among students and faculty.

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