SSU Allied Health Sciences Programs Hold Interprofessional Education Day for Students

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PORTSMOUTH — The Department of Allied Health Sciences (AHS) at Shawnee State University hosted its annual AHS Interprofessional Education Day which all sophomores can attend. Held on campus since 2015, the event brings together all two-year AHS programs to work together through case studies. Jean McGlone, director of the medical laboratory technology program, helps oversee and plan the event each year.

“Students are placed in interdisciplinary teams,” McGlone said. “There was at least one student from each of the five programs represented at each table.

The objective of the event is to prepare students for interdisciplinary teamwork in a professional setting. Students then work in teams to answer questions based on a case study. For the past several years, the event has used the opioid epidemic in its case study, with AHS faculty members taking on roles to care for an overdose patient.

“The case study video begins with a patient checking into the SSU Dental Hygiene Clinic and subsequently overdosing in the restroom,” McGlone said. “Emergency medical technicians are shown loading the patient into the ambulance, then at the ‘hospital’ faculty of respiratory therapy and radiation technology, they are shown as technicians working on the patient, the medical laboratory technology coming to draw blood.”

A session during the event consisted of each team visiting the Look & Learn tables where each program showcased items unique to their discipline.

“It’s one of my favorite sessions,” McGlone said. “The team student of this discipline explains the use and meaning of each item as it relates to the patient with opioid addiction.”

Students from AHS programs benefited from the event by working as a team and learning about the different types of medical laboratory tests, the importance of various health professions, and how dental exams can help detect drug use. McGlone hopes that by participating in this annual event, students will use the skills they practiced in a professional environment after graduation.

“We want our students to take what they’ve learned about the scope of practice and the body of knowledge from other members of the healthcare team as they become practicing professionals,” McGlone said. “We want to foster respect and admiration between different groups of healthcare professionals.”

Students in this department learn to advocate for patient safety as they prepare to enter the workforce. McGlone is passionate about teaching students the importance of empathy and teamwork in a healthcare environment.

“The driving force behind our interprofessional education day is a quote from Tassone and Hodges: “Patient safety will only improve when we change the way healthcare professionals interact, the way they view themselves in relation to members of their own profession and to colleagues from other disciplines,” said McGlone.

The SSU Department of Allied Health Sciences serves the region by educating and preparing competent and responsible health professionals so that they can provide the best health care possible. The department’s programs include associate degrees in dental hygiene, emergency medical technology, exercise science, medical laboratory technology, radiation technology, and respiratory therapy, while also offering an online bachelor’s degree in health science.

To learn more about Shawnee State University’s Allied Health Sciences programs, visit www.shawnee.edu.

The objective of the event is to prepare students for interdisciplinary teamwork in a professional setting. Students then work in teams to answer questions based on a case study. For the past several years, the event has used the opioid epidemic in its case study, with AHS faculty members taking on roles to care for an overdose patient.

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