On October 28th, 19 students from dental hygiene, dentistry, nursing, and pharmacy participated in the initial health assessment simulations. The three-hour session involved two simulations: one, a table top simulation where students from each discipline collaborated to evaluate a teenager, and the second, a standardized patient simulation where each discipline took a history independently and then had to communicate their assessment to their colleagues from other disciplines in order to develop a consensus plan.
“There was a consistent buzz in the air,” noted Center Director, Alan Dow. “The students really seemed to enjoy working with each other, and we were impressed with how well they did.”
Students noted how much they gained from the experience. “I never realized all that pharmacists know,” said one dental hygiene student. “It really changed my perspective.”
Based on the success of this pilot, faculty plan to expand the simulation to all 330 students from these disciplines next academic year.