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Case Western Reserve University collaborates with Epic on new Lyceum platform to introduce medical students to electronic health records 

The university’s medical school becomes the first to use the technology

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is the first medical school to use Epic’s new Lyceum platform, which aims to provide first-year medical and nursing students with a quality introduction to using electronic health records (EHRs) early in their healthcare training. 

EHRs are now used by more than 90% of hospitals and ambulatory clinics and are playing an increasingly important role in providing high quality, patient-centric, cost-effective and efficient care. However, the chance to use a real working version of an a EHR is rare in early medical student training. 

Lyceum provides students and faculty with access to an Epic training environment, including dozens of test patients with diverse background and clinical case histories, as well as online learning modules and training materials based on best practices learned from Epic’s 40-plus years in the EHR field. CWRU School of Medicine began using Lyceum with its medical student class in July 2023.

“Early medical students will learn how to find and record patient information, and reconcile and correct data, with a specific focus on areas where they can add value to their clinical teams at our affiliate healthcare institutions,” said Anastasia Rowland-Seymour, associate professor of medicine and assistant dean for longitudinal clinical education at the School of Medicine. “This training will help our students learn how to move the needle on health equity, even in the early stages of their learning.” 

“Our goal in creating Lyceum is to simplify access to EHR experience for future healthcare professionals,” said Seth Howard, Epic’s senior vice president of research and development. “We’re excited to play a part in their education journey.”

“The American Association of Medical Colleges has been recommending integrating informatics-related learning objectives and tools starting in the pre-clinical years of medical school for decades, but in my experience many medical students still come to their clinical rotations without much or even any formal EHR training,” said David Kaelber, professor of internal medicine, pediatrics and population and quantitative health sciences and chief medical informatics officer of the MetroHealth System, who has been part of the partnership involved in the development of Lyceum over the last year. “Lyceum will change that. This will be better for students, faculty, staff and patients because these future doctors will be more efficient and effective with EHRs now and in their future.”

This article was originally published Sept. 28, 2023.