Over 400 Health Science Students learn together at Interprofessional Disabilities Exercise in February

Sonoran UCEDD Update
Winter 2017-2018

Health science students, faculty, staff and members of the community participated in the annual interprofessional exercise on disability in February. The event, coordinated by Sonoran UCEDD Medical Director, Dr. Tamsen Bassford, is part of the University of Arizona Center for Transformative Interprofessional Healthcare educational series. The exercise created opportunities for medical, pharmacy, nursing, social work, public health and other students to work together on disability related case problems, as well as hear from community members with disabilities on their health care experiences.

students at table during team activityStudents learned the value of working in a team with colleagues in other professions while learning how to best provide care for people with disabilities. Students also heard from professionals in the field on the value of working in teams and obtaining different perspectives.

The community panel offered their perspective and experiences with healthcare providers. Students utilized on-line technology to submit questions to the panel. Students were able to vote up or down on which questions to ask to the panel.

four panelist sitting at a table on stagePanelists (pictured right) included: Mathew Randle who served as a Combat Medic in the United States Army for five years and spoke to students about PTSD; Howard Zlamal who is a Special Education teacher with Sunnyside High School and Arizona LEND Faculty; Delynn Saunders who is the 5th generation of Deaf in her family; Curby Sickmon who is a recent UA Special Education graduate and teacher who survived a Traumatic Brain Injury; and Matthew Wangeman who is a professor of Disabilities Studies at Northern Arizona University’s Institute for Human Development.