Husson University to Hold the Second Annual Interprofessional Evening of Conversation for Aspiring Healthcare and Education Professionals

Date of Release: January 21, 2014

BANGOR, MAINE – January 17, 2014 – On January 30, more than 250 students from the Husson University Schools of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Pharmacy, Education, and Mental Health Counseling will participate in the Second Annual Interprofessional Evening of Conversation from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Gracie Theatre. This event, structured in a manner similar to “grand rounds” includes a simulated case presentation with a student actor representing a patient with a chronic health condition.

Husson University is one of only a few institutions of higher education in Maine, and the only one in central and northern Maine, that is using this cutting-edge method of education for their healthcare and education programs.

During the event, a student actor will portray a client being interviewed about his chronic health condition. Students will observe the interview and then engage in small group discussions from an interprofessional perspective. Twenty-five faculty members will help engage the more than 250 Husson students participating in this event.

Once completed, students from the various healthcare and education disciplines at Husson University will have gained insight into drawing out information from patients, identifying treatment options and the potential for various healthcare disciplines to contribute to a plan of action that improves patient outcomes.

“Participating in this event will help students gain the skills they’ll need to be effective in today’s team-oriented healthcare delivery system,” said Peg Olson, PT, MEd., NCS, a faculty member within the School of Physical Therapy at Husson University. “This includes the medical home models of healthcare delivery that demand interprofessional evaluation and consultation.”

Why is Interprofessional Communication Important?

Communication is an important key to eliminating medical errors. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, medical errors caused by inadequate communication are one of the leading causes of death in the United States, ahead of accidents, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as AIDS, breast cancer, and gunshot wounds. Educating aspiring healthcare and education professionals in the importance of good communication is an important step toward improving patients’ clinical outcomes and safety.

More About Husson University

For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies; science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.

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