PNWU Awarded American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Research Grant 

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, in collaboration with Community Health of Central Washington Family Medicine, was recently awarded an American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Research Grant for an upcoming study on telesimulation and behavioral health. 

Dr. Bridget Beachy, PsyD, of Community Health of Central Washington Family Medicine and Lisa Munoz, MPH, PNWU’s Executive Director of Medical Simulation, will serve as co-principal investigators on the study, which aims to assess attitudes, perceived proficiency and knowledge related to telemedicine by implementing telesimulation behavioral health scenarios with healthcare providers and students from the Yakima Valley Interprofessional Practice and Education Collaborative (YVIPEC) using the Contextual Interview Observation Form (CIOF). 

By implementing the CIOF in a telesimulation format, the researchers hope to provide greater opportunity for healthcare providers, behavioral health providers, medical students and residents to practice and experience providing basic interviewing and counseling via telemedicine. 

During the summer and fall of 2017, YVIPEC students will be recruited to uncover possible improvements in student attitudes, perceived proficiency and knowledge pertaining to telemedicine. If successful, the study may spark interest from other COM’s around the country seeking a more feasible and affordable way to educate students on telemedicine to address the needs of rural and medically underserved communities. 

Upon completion, the research findings will be submitted for presentation at the annual AACOM meeting in 2018, as well as the annual meeting of the Association of Biochemistry Course Directors and for publication in a journal.