[Chapel Hill, NC – September 15, 2019]Clinical Tools, Inc. won a $1.4 M Phase II SBIR grant from the National Institutes of Health/NIAAA to continue development of BurntOut: Role-Play Simulation for Building Medical Student Resiliency. BurntOut (now called Lift) will be a 3D computer role-playing simulation to prepare medical students for the challenges of clinical care.

Burnout in medical students is highly correlated with substance and alcohol use problems, depression, increased motor vehicle accidents, and a range of other health issues. The situation can be particularly problematic for women and minority students. These can impact both the future physician and their patients.

“We are excited to be able to continue this project over the next 2 years,” said Brad Tanner, MD, ME, President and Vision Leader of Clinical Tools/ Health Impact Studio. “As a physician, I remember the stresses of burnout and how they can lead to poor patient care, as well as devastating personal consequences for medical students. This project should help prepare medical students for the challenges awaiting them, and we will all be rewarded with healthier, better-focused physicians in the future.”

The simulation will include a game-style interface, as well as a headset VR option for a truly immersive experience. Additional materials to support wellness, resiliency, and coping strategies will prepare medical students to survive and thrive in medical training, residency, and as physicians.

Dr. Tanner will be presenting more about the project at the American Conference on Physician Health in Charlotte NC, September 19-21, 2019.

About Clinical Tools and Health Impact Studio:

Clinical Tools, Inc. (CTI) is a diverse group with expertise in medicine, psychology, public health, basic sciences, programming, project and program management, gaming, information technology, and communications. Based in Chapel Hill, the company has a 20+ year history of success with SBIRT-developed products.

Health Impact Studio, a division of Clinical Tools, utilizes gaming technology to create healthy lifestyle change. The company combines expertise from medicine, psychology, public health with gaming, to create innovative games to positively impact health. Health Impact Studio creates games for healthcare professionals, medical students, and the general public on topics like obesity, addiction, and nutrition.


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Company: Clinical Tools and Health Impact Studio



Founder, President, and Vision Leader: Bradley Tanner, MD, ME