Projects

Alchemy Knights Alchemy Knights is a transformational game that leverages game mechanics, interactions with non-player characters (NPC), and use of potions as metaphors for over-the-counter (OTC) medications to educate children about OTC medication safety and positively influence their medication use behaviors. The game is designed to enhancing the participants’ ability to identify unsafe medication use practices and negative health consequences, inform the participants on basic aspects of medications including the importance of active ingredients, dosage schedules, and the harm of taking multiple medications that interact. [Project Page]
Sterile Compounding Training with Augmented Reality. Training in sterile compounding is a component of pharmacy education and training across the country. The resources required for this training can be prohibitive due to the time, personnel, and space requirements. Coordinating the resources, trainee experiences, and feedback required in appropriate training is a universal problem for schools of pharmacy, hospital pharmacies, and institutions that provide customized pharmacy sterile compounding for healthcare. This project sought to create an augmented reality platform to train users in sterile compounding practices using custom hardware controllers and software to teach concepts of air flow and aseptic technique. [Project page] Sterile Compounding
RxPedition RxPedition is an interactive drug development serious game designed to teach pharmacy students about the process of bringing a drug candidate to market. Class is divided into several groups and each group plays a role of a small pharmaceutical company. Each group is tasked with identifying a disease state / indication of interest, exploring the preclinical phase, designing clinical trials, providing press releases at critical milestones, presenting results to the FDA for continued approval, and finally developing a drug label. [Project page]
ScopingSim is a medical simulator / task trainer project currently being designed and developed by undergraduate students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information (SCI). Our team is working to develop ScopingSim into a modular application that will integrate a virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR) simulation with physical components based on inexpensive off-the-shelf sensors. The final implementation will support endoscopy, colonoscopy, and bronchoscopy simulation, allowing educational and medical institutions to take advantage of cost-effective high-fidelity training opportunities.  As a parallel project, we are also exploring the possibility of generating custom simulation scenarios directly from CT scan DICOM image stacks. [Project page] ScopingSim
Oral Pathology Tutor Sherlock Oral Diagnosis – It’s anything but elementary my dear students is a multilevel game designed to allow students to practice and test their skills in oral diagnosis, particularly in the areas of oral pathology and oral radiology.  Students using the practice mode can select areas to focus on and numbers of questions to challenge.  The questions integrate clinical, radiographic, and histologic images.  In the lower levels, students can use hints to improve their success.  The question styles vary across the levels, ranging from selecting the correct diagnosis, to selecting multiple correct diagnoses, to matching lesions and diagnoses.  A leader board promotes friendly competition amongst classmates.

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