Pine-Richland High School students in the Anatomy, AP Biology, and Organic Chemistry classes got an up-close look at careers in pharmacy on December 17, 2020. This was not your ordinary presentation. The University of Pittsburgh brought the experts who launched an interactive simulation that enabled students to work with a patient. The simulator is known as SimMan. SimMan allows students to experience clinical scenarios.
In this case, SimMan was having a heart attack. Students must diagnose and prescribe medication. SimMan actually blinks, perspires and seizes. Students even witnessed an allergic reaction to medication prescribed in the simulation.
Prior to the simulation, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy experts provided a look at what careers options students have if complete the pharmaceutical program. Associate Professor James Coons and Instructional Development Specialist Lawrence Kobulinsky along with Pitt students Victoria Miklus, Julie Mercer and Vincent Knecht provided details of the pharmacy program.
Students, who attended the program, say they were encouraged by the presentation because it provided students with an opportunity to explore other careers in the medical field beyond being a nurse or doctor.