2013 Student Research Conference:
26th Annual Student Research Conference

Health Educators as Members of Interprofessional Healthcare Teams
Mitch A. Stewart*, Taylor Parkinson, Kaitlyn McManus, Cassandra Hester, Madeline Cummings, and Katherine Hawatmeh
Dr. Carol Cox, Faculty Mentor

With major patient safety problems in todays healthcare system, there is a call for improvement in the training of healthcare professionals. Gammans participated as health educators on a healthcare team in a new, inter-professional, clinical education program that focused on interdisciplinary communication between pre-professional health profession students and team-based case presentations of their patient visits. Pre-professional health educators learned how to demonstrate professionalism when working with a patient and interacting with a team. Gammans practiced serving as an interprofessional team member by providing health education information to improve patients wellness. By conducting a physical examination and taking vital signs, Gammans had the opportunity to strengthen their clinical skills. With a health educator on an interprofessional healthcare team, patients have the potential for improved health because of the information and resources on prevention and wellness health educators can give to them.

Keywords: Health Educator(s), Interprofessional, Healthcare Team, Pre-professional

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 4-2
Location: GEO
Time: 3:30

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