BOONE- Over 230 undergraduate seniors, graduate students, and faculty and staff from the Beaver College of Health Sciences (BCHS) gathered in Holmes Convocation Center for the first Interprofessional Education Case Study Event on October 26.
The event was designed to help students learn more about the interprofessional nature of patient care and examine the roles different disciplines play in assessment and treatment.
Students from multiple health science disciplines were placed into groups of ten with a faculty facilitator and presented a case of a patient with traumatic brain injury sustained from multiple sports-related concussions. Students and facilitators collaborated to discuss the progression of the injury starting from the initial moment of trauma, through acute care, and into long term management.
Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders Louise Keegan opened the event with a presentation on her research related to neurologic substrates of head injuries.
The event was conceived by BCHS Associate Dean for Research Gary McCullough and the Interprofessional Education Committee, which is comprised of representatives from all BCHS programs. McCullough said, “Our goal is to develop an ongoing, inter professional education program for our students that would provide them with a variety of opportunities during their time at Appalachian to learn from students and faculty across all disciplines that play a role in health and wellness.”
McCullough hopes to have additional health and wellness interprofessional events and expand the number of disciplines in attendance: “We do not see this as exclusive to the Beaver College of Health Sciences. Health and wellness education is happening here in business, education, psychology, geography, and in other areas related to environment and sustainability. We look forward to engaging with our colleagues across the campus in future training events.”
More information about the Beaver College of Health Sciences is available here.