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ATSU-ASDOH faculty and students participated in the first Central Arizona Dental Society’s Mission of Mercy event held on Dec. 8. at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Ariz. Mission of Mercy is an organization dedicated to providing charitable dental care and education to Arizonans, reducing  health risks and suffering  for those in need.

“We provided basic dental care such as fillings, extractions, and cleanings,” said Amy Truong, D2, and Arizona Student Dental Association Community Service Lead Chair, who coordinated the ASDOH student involvement in the project. Limited lab work such as treatment partials were also offered. Overall more than 1,500 volunteers participated in the event.

More than 70 Mission of Mercy dental programs have been conducted across the US since 2000 to provide free dental care to local residents who otherwise would be unable to receive oral healthcare.

Twenty-three ASDOH students (five D1, 10 D2, four D3, and four D4), three ASDOH AEGD students, six ASDOH pre-dental students, 10 ASDOH faculty, and two ASDOH dental hygienists participated.  More than 1,600 individuals – adults and children – were treated.


Faculty, staff, students, and their families are invited to participate in Relay for Life being held on the ATSU Mesa campus May 4-5, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Relay for Life is an organized, overnight community fundraising walk for the American Cancer Society.

“It’s not too early to start thinking about becoming involved either as a volunteer, organizing a team, or joining a team,” said Bridget Spooner, ATC, AT, ATSU Relay for Life event chair.

Teams will camp out on the front lawn of the main administration building, and members of each team will take turns walking around the front sidewalk. Food, games, and activities will provide entertainment and build camaraderie.

To volunteer in helping to organize the event, or for more information contact Bridget Spooner.

To donate, start a team or join a team, go to relayforlife.org or relayforlife.org/atstillu.

You can choose to donate to the university, to a team or specific individual, or start your own team.  Registration to start a team is $10, with a $5.00 discount registration fee until Dec. 31. Each team member is to raise a minimum of $100.00.


A.T. Still University (ATSU) faculty and staff hosted the University’s inaugural Interprofessional Education (IPE) Collaborative Case Competition in early December.

The Collaborative Case Competition was designed to give professional healthcare students an interprofessional teamwork experience and to gain insight into the collaborative practice competencies. Teams of students from a variety of disciplines were given the opportunity to teach, share and learn from each other while conducting an analysis of the collaborative efforts during the care of a patient/client. At the end of the process, they presented their findings and recommendations for enhanced collaboration to a panel of judges representing leaders from various disciplines within the healthcare programs.

The case was designed to reveal the complexity of the healthcare delivery and the need for collaboration between healthcare professionals in order to reach the best health outcomes for clients/patients.

Interprofessional education is an important initiative interwoven throughout ATSU’s strategic plan. It is an essential step in preparing collaborative, practice-ready health professionals who have learned about, from, and with each other to provide and promote a team approach to patient care and improved patient health outcomes.

Seven interdisciplinary teams of students representing nine programs from ATSU’s Arizona and Missouri campuses and Arizona’s Grand Canyon University (GCU) nursing program participated. Each team was tasked with preparing and presenting their respective analysis of the same hypothetical case developed by faculty advisors spanning all of ATSU’s health sciences schools, GCU, and Missouri’s Truman State University.

Prizes were awarded to the top three teams. The William McKinney Award for first place went to Stephen Leonard, PT, ’14; Caroline Lindsey, AuD,’16; Rebecca Tansey, D2; and Mariam Ter-Stepanian, OMS II.

Second place went to Jake Moore, OMS I; James Ruport, PT, ’15; Jessica Villarreal, GCU nursing, Michelle Weber, AT, ’14; and Brianne Wright, AuD, ’14.

Two teams were awarded third place – Grace Abruzzo, PT, ’14, and Dulce Harju, PT, ’14, and also Shoshanna Abels, OT, ’15; Suzie Aparicio, AT,’14; MaryAnn Chrzaszcz, OMS II; Kathryn Collins, PT, ’15; and Michelle Hamilton, OMS II.

“The integration of IPE within ATSU’s strategic plan is vital to student learning, intrinsic to ATSU’s mission, and yields positive results in terms of patients’ healthcare outcomes,” said ATSU President Craig Phelps, DO, ’84. “I am grateful for the cooperation of the faculty and students in planning this important learning–centered experience and am proud of the students, faculty, and staff who participated.”

The competition was an initiative driven by the Student Committee on Interprofessional Education (SCIPE) led by ATSU students Adam Bennett, D3, also a public health with dental emphasis student at ATSU’s School of Health Management, and Rochelle Zangen, PA, ’13, with hopes that it will develop into a national competition represented by many universities.

“The competition introduced the basics of collaborative care and some of the real-world difficulties interprofessional teams encounter,” said Bennett.

Barbara Maxwell, PT, DPT, MSc, vice dean for IPE considers the inaugural competition a tremendous success. “The teams showed a clear understanding of the collaborative competencies and dedication to collaboration in action. Team reflections identified many of the barriers to collaborative practice and stressed the importance whole person healthcare,” said Dr. Maxwell.

More information on the case and participants can be found at atsuccc.weebly.com and a photo gallery from the case competition is available at the official ATSU Facebook page.


The ATSU-KCOM Osteoblasters Weightlifing Club (OWC) recently participated in the Tough Mudders Race, a fundraising event held Oct. 13 in Poplar Bluff, MO., for the national Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). The WWP purpose is to help injured service members aid and assist each other and to provide unique direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

The OWC had six members participate in the event, and more than 20 members helped with fundraising.  OWC raised $700.00 for the WWP.


Team Mason

Sixty-five faculty, staff, and students from the ATSU Mesa campus participated in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) annual Out of the Darkness community walk on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Kiwanis Park in Tempe, Ariz. The walk was held in conjunction with walks nationwide to benefit the AFSP and raise awareness about suicide prevention. ATSU Team Mason walked in honor of Mason Vig, a physical therapy student who passed away in Feb. 2012 at age 26. Team Mason raised more than $1,875.00.

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