The Robots Are Now Accepting New Patients! 

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Following a successful test run, and with three-of-five telesimulation robots now on campus — the others are scheduled to arrive within the next week or so — the Telesimulation Research Team is poised to begin recruiting student participants for an upcomi

ng research study focusing on behavioral medicine delivery by multiple healthcare providers in both in-person and telesimulated environments.

The research was made possible by an American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Research Grant, which was awarded to PNWU, in collaboration with Community Health of Central Washington Family Medicine, over the summer. 

The research study 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). 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. 

The team will be holding their first session on January 25th, with sessions closing by the first week of May. If successful, the study may spark interest from other osteopathic medical schools around the country seeking a more feasible and affordable way to educate students on telemedicine capable of addressing the needs of rural and medically underserved communities. 

Upon completion, the research findings will be submitted for presentation at a national conference and publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The research team plans to present their findings at PNWU’s Academic Day on April 6, 2018.