New learning tool: Click a button and dive under the skin of chemotherapy patients

Michelle Aebersold guides a student during a simulation exercise with the Oculus Rift.A team of faculty from the University of Michigan Center of Academic Innovation, School of Nursing and College of Pharmacy designed an innovative way to teach nursing and pharmacy students about the intricacies of chemotherapy.

Led by Michelle Aebersold, clinical professor of nursing, the group created Under the Skin, a virtual reality experience that guides students on handling high-risk complications when giving chemotherapy drugs to treat cancer.

Their goal is to show how to safely administer anti-cancer drugs, handle urgent situations and get students to deeply understand what is happening at the cellular level when giving treatments.

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