Interprofessional Patient Simulation Experience

A College of Pharmacy interprofessional patient simulation experience, held earlier this semester, was deemed an overwhelming success by participating faculty and students. This joint teaching venture involved seven 3rd-year pharmacy students enrolled in the College’s IPE Simulation elective, who worked with teams from the entire class of 2nd-year medical students from the AU/UGA Medical Partnership in caring for a patient with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). The experience took place in the Medical Partnership’s new Simulation Center, located on the Health Science Campus in Athens and populated with state-of-the-art mannequins and exam suites. The teams worked together to diagnose, manage, and triage their simulated patient, and later met to discuss team dynamics, clinical pearls, and how this experience will help them prepare them for clinical rotations and ultimately becoming practitioners. In addition to the pharmacy and medical students working together, this also was an opportunity for faculty from both colleges to interact, teach concurrently, and model how a healthcare team enhances the care of patients.

Participating pharmacy students included Gabby Pineda Mendoza, Kelsey Bouwman, Brianna Beldon, Sara Niazi, Lexus Chen, Kendall Anderson, and McKenzie Hodges. Pharmacy faculty included Drs. Larry Aull, Gin Fleming, William Huang, Robin Southwood, Devin Lavender, and Tim Brown.