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School of Health Sciences Holds Interprofessional Health Care Team Challenge

March 1, 2018 Tags: Academics , Health Sciences and Education

Students from the School of Health Sciences pose for a group photo.Saint Francis University School of Health Sciences recognizes the important role interprofessional education plays in the development of our future health care professionals. As the delivery of healthcare becomes more interrelated, coordinating care between and among all health care disciplines has become progressively more imperative.

Embracing this interprofessional approach, the School of Health Sciences held the 2nd Annual Interprofessional Health Care Team Challenge last week at the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness. Six teams consisting of one student from each Health Sciences Program, (Exercise Physiology, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Public Health) work together to establish a care management plan for a simulated client. Each team is provided with the same client information and scenario, with the goal of developing a collaborative interprofessional client-centered plan of care.

A faculty member looks over a group of students discussing their management plan.Teams are judged on the quality of the care management plan they devise and the degree of collaborative teamwork they exhibit. “The ultimate goal is for participants to gain an understanding of each team member’s role, to develop an appreciation of how interprofessional practice contributes to client care, and to cultivate attitudes and skills for effective teamwork,” says Health Care Team Challenge Coordinator Brenda Guzic.

The intent of interprofessional education is to expose health professional students to the core competencies (communication, role clarifications, values and ethics, and teamwork) that are necessary for collaborative interprofessional practice. When students from two or more disciplines learn from  one another, they improve health outcomes. “This is a great opportunity for our students to learn about interprofessional collaboration and the medical process that the client and clinicians go through so that services and interventions can be tailored to best meet that client’s needs,” says Occupational Therapy Professor Dr. Lorie Rowles.

Dr. Rita Trofino, Chairperson of the Nursing Department, added, “Exercises like this, are just one of many examples of how Saint Francis University continues to graduate healthcare professionals with the knowledge and experience to enter the workplace.”A group of students decide what precautions to take when making a diagnosis.

The Challenge Champions will have their names engraved on a perpetual plaque that hangs in the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness and will be recognized at the School of Health Sciences Student Recognition Ceremony on May 1st.  A “People’s Choice” recipient was selected by the audience and presented to the team they would “most like to care for them” if they were a client. All participants received Certificates of Participation and participation gift bags.

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