Online pharmacy simulation tool recognised

Monash University’s pharmacy faculty has won silver and bronze medals at the QS Reimagine Education Awards in San Francisco for its MyDispense software

Monash University’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has been recognised at this year’s QS Reimagine Education Awards in San Francisco for its MyDispense software.

The software took home the Silver Award in the Life Sciences and Medicine category, and the Bronze Award in the E-Learning category.

MyDispense is an online pharmacy simulation tool that allows students to practice dispensing in a safe

The web application supports a total dispensing experience, from initial communication with the patient and prescriber to professional advice when handing medicines to patients.

It is designed to allow users to build knowledge, improve cognitive proficiency and develop professional values and attitudes.

Students are able to explore patient-based scenarios that they’re likely to encounter in real life.

There are currently 70 institutions across the world using the software tool.

Reimagine Education is an international competition that rewards innovative initiatives aimed at enhancing student learning and employability.

This year, there were over 1150 project submissions across 17 different categories. Competing universities included MIT, Princeton, Australian National University and Johns Hopkins University.

Monash said the development of MyDispense has been a remarkable team effort, with key faculty staff including Senior Learning Technologies Project Manager Keith Sewell, Lecturer Dr Vivienne Mak, Director of Pharmacy Education Professor Tina Brock, lead software developer Keenan Beaumont and Associate Professor Jennifer Marriott.

General Manager for the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Marian Costelloe said, “The
initiative and innovation of the MyDispense team here is demonstrative of their continued commitment to
improve student learning outcomes and drive to meet the changing landscape in student learning and

“This award is acknowledgement of the vision of our staff to improve medication safety and encourage global collaboration and sharing between our partners and pharmacy schools worldwide.”

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