The Asian & Pacific Islander Health Professional Association (API-HPA), an organization on the Mesa, Arizona campus, held its second annual Interprofessional Education (IPE) Lunch and Learn on May 1.
Clarke Antonio, a second year doctor of physical therapy student and the interprofessional liaison for API-HPA, coordinated an interdisciplinary team of students from various programs consisting of student representatives from A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences, and A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona.
Each student on the panel was given the same patient case study prior to the event and collectively collaborated to come up with a plan of care for their patient. At this event, each student shared with the audience the specific implications that would be addressed by their respective professional role in their health care team. Additionally, each student showcased an examination and/or intervention technique specific to their scopes of practice.
Barbara Maxwell, DPT, MSc, THE, FNAP, PT, ’06, professor and university director of interprofessional education and collaboration for ATSU, was also present to speak about the importance of IPE as students and as future health care providers.
Antonio’s main goal for this event was to educate students on the importance of communication and collaboration among various care team providers.
“It was a real joy to coordinate and collaborate with the student panel and help them share and showcase their professional skills, growing knowledge, and love for their respective careers,” said Antonio.