Multidisciplinary e-learning platform for medication safety (MELODY)

Principal Supervisor

Professor Vivian W.Y. Lee, School of Pharmacy


2 years & 4 months

Approved Budget

HK $380,000

  • Project Objectives
  • Key deliverables expected
  • Evaluation of deliverables/outcomes
  • Dissemination of deliverables/outcomes

Project Objectives

Multidisciplinary e-learning Platform for Medication Safety (MELODY) is designed to meet the following goals and objectives:
  • To improve and increase awareness of medication safety in students of the Faculty of Medicine for the goal of healthy community in Hong Kong;
  • To develop the first cross-disciplinary e-teaching platform in the Faculty of Medicine;
  • To enhance multi-disciplinary collaborations and learning through this teaching platforms for staffs and students;
  • To encourage the use of e-learning platform in teaching medicine curriculum;
  • To utilize simulations and animations of various case scenarios on medication safety from different perspectives (medicine, nursing and pharmacy); and
  • To provide the first-hand observations for students to identify medication errors during clinical clerkship thus giving the teaching hospitals an untapped and invaluable resource for spotting and preventing medication errors.
  • Key deliverables expected and timelines for completion

    Set up for teaching platform January – March 2013
    Prepare and upload teaching materials for the platform January – July 2013
    Meet with team leaders of participating parties (Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy) February 2013
    Launch teaching platform for community setting in the Joint Medicine-Nursing-Pharmacy summer outreach program (Phase I) July – August 2013
    Interim Evaluation August 2013
    Launch the centralized online teaching platform including the use of video, simulations and animations for e-learning in Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy (Phase II) September 2013
    Launch teaching platform for ward teaching for Year 3 Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy in clinical attachment of Spring semester 2014 (Phase III) January – March 2014
    Conduct retrospective pre-post safety attitudes questionnaire May 2014
    Meeting/sharing with students and teachers June 2014
    Final Report Writing Submission August 2014

    Arrangements for evaluation of project deliverables/outcomes

    The expected outcomes of MELODY include:
  • Documentation of real-world medication errors (measured by the group assignments)
  • Changes of students’ attitudes towards medication safety (measured by safety attitudes questionnaire with a retrospective pre-post design)
  • Student satisfaction (measured by course evaluation)
  • Means for disseminating project deliverables/outcomes

    The project deliverables/outcomes will be disseminated:
  • Local: Conferences or forum organized by the Faculty of Medicine or university
  • Regional: conferences organized by the Asian Association of Pharmacy Schools (AAPS) and Asian Pacific Medical Education Conference
  • International: Medical Education Conference