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

Sonoran UCEDD Updates
Summer 2015

Health science students, faculty, staff and members of the community participated in the 2015 Interprofessional Education & Practice program (IPEP) event, Disabilities: An Interprofessional Exercise in April. The event, coordinated  by Sonoran UCEDD Director Leslie Cohen is part of the University of Arizona Interprofessional Education and Practice Program.  The exercise created opportunities for medical, pharmacy, nursing, social work, public health and other students to work together on disability related case problems as weLive panel answering audience questionsll as hearing from community members with disabilities on their health care experiences.

Students 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.   

Panelists included Mathew Randle who served as a Combat Medic in the United States Army for five years and spoke to students about PTSD, Erin Achilles who is the mother of 3 special medical needs children and is also a trauma ICU nurse, Delynn Saunders who is the 5th generation of Deaf in her family, and Donald Porterfield who is a licensed attorney in AZ who lost his vision two weeks into his second year of law school.