Can you learn from a dummy? Pharmacy students’ views and perceptions of SimMan, a human patient simulator

Cleopatra Branch, Tarlochan Gill, Bugewa Apampa


Background: Simulation-based learning has been used extensively in medicine and nursing but its use in pharmacy education is now gaining momentum.
Aim: To explore the views of second year pharmacy students on the value of SimMan in the teaching of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at Medway School of Pharmacy.
Method: A 25-item pre-piloted satisfaction questionnaire was administered to 104 students immediately following a SimMan workshop.
Results: There was a 100% response rate. The majority (80%) of students enjoyed using the simulator, as it allowed them to have „hands on’ experience which led to a perceived enhancement of their knowledge, communication, problem solving and clinical skills. Only 19% of respondents found it stressful working in a technological environment. Students also felt that SimMan should be more widely utilised and made suggestions on how its use could be improved.
Conclusion: SimMan helped students to apply their knowledge. The invaluable feedback from students will help improve its future use.


communication skills, clinical skills, knowledge, problem solving skills, SimMan

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