Every Tuesday afternoon, you may note that the Heritage University Physician Assistant Program room is dark. This is due to having class in different locations throughout the area. The Interprofessional Education curriculum of the program encompasses the DO students from PNWU, RN students from WSU, and EMT/Paramedics from CWU.
Every Tuesday afternoon, the students are assigned a particular interprofessional activity. This may be working with the DO students from PNWU in the SIM lab on an Emergency Room case, engaging in case discussions with the DO students, or working through cases with the DO students, PA students, RN students, and EMT/Paramedic students.
Most activities are done at PNWU, however there is one activity that is done completely off of any school campus. This activity, sponsored by the HRSA Primary Care Training Enhancement grant, is called the Community Clinical Case Conference (C4’s). On these Tuesday afternoons, students from all four professions meet at specific clinic sites to review the case of a real patient as presented by the clinician
involved in the case.
Through this collaboration with students from other health professions programs, they begin to understand that the care of a patient depends on all faucets of the healthcare system, with each profession being essential in the care of each patient. Though this collaborative exercise, respect is built for the different perspectives each student brings to the table, with the ultimate goal of caring for our patients in a global environment. They assess the needs of the patient and find options to assist the patient and their families in their overall care.
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