University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP) and Virtua Health have developed a strategic learning partnership to create a model for innovation in learning, technology and applied health care. With an ongoing dedication to advancing the careers of its students and faculty, the University has partnered for the first time with a leading regional healthcare organization that is at the forefront of technology and the delivery of high-quality care.
Virtua and USP have signed a partnership agreement that will allow more USP students to receive hands-on learning at Virtua?s facilities from its clinicians. This includes placement for undergraduate and graduate students in clinical specialties that include physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology and pharmacy.
The organizations also hope to expand the existing clinical trial process at Virtua Health by offering USP clinical trials to Virtua?s patients. In addition, the partners will develop public health initiatives to raise awareness about disease and prevention. The aim is to provide the community with a deeper understanding of how diseases spread and how people can protect themselves.
?The partnership between a healthcare organization and an academic institution will greatly enhance our ability to have an impact on the transformation of health care in America as well as in the communities we serve,? says Richard P. Miller, president and CEO, Virtua Health. ?Not only are we able to make an impact through participation in the educational process, but we will be able to share knowledge and collaborate on projects that will create a model for innovation.?