UA Health Sciences Students Compete for a Spot in National CLARION Interprofessional Case Competition

Five teams will present their analyses of a case-based fictionalized event, “It’s Not a Dent, It’s a Cavity in the System,” about the health-care disparities experienced by Doris E., a 23-year-old Native American woman.

DATE/TIME:  THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 3:30 – 9 P.M. (5:30-6:15 p.m., break; 8:30 p.m., results tallied; 9 p.m., winning team announced)

LOCATION:   UA College of Nursing, Room 470, 1305 N. Martin Ave., Tucson

                    (Live broadcast to the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, Health Sciences Education Building, Room B402, 435 N. Fifth St., Phoenix)

Five teams of University of Arizona Health Sciences students will compete in the inaugural UAHS CLARION Interprofessional Case Competition on Thursday, March 10, 3:30 to 9 p.m., in the UA College of Nursing, Room 470, 1305 N. Martin Ave.

The event is open to the public and UA faculty, staff and students and will be broadcast live to the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, Health Sciences Education Building, Room B402, 435 N. Fifth St., Phoenix.

UAHS is one of 16 universities across the nation participating in the competition, which is designed to encourage communication among disciplines, especially early on in the careers of health-care professionals so that these values may be carried into practice after graduation. The Case Competition is an opportunity for students to gain clinical and operational knowledge otherwise not received through their formal education.

The UAHS event is sponsored by the UA Center for Transformative Interprofessional Healthcare, directed by Sally J. Reel, PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN, associate vice president for interprofessional education, collaborative practice and community engagement.

Each UAHS team includes three to four students, with no more than two from the same profession. Teams are comprised of students from the UA Colleges of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix, UA College of Nursing, UA College of Pharmacy and the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

In preparation for the event, the teams had five weeks to conduct an analysis of a case-based fictionalized event, “It’s Not a Dent, It’s a Cavity in the System,” about the health-care disparities experienced by Doris E., a 23-year-old Native American woman who is an enrolled member of a Sioux Tribe of the Lakota people. Teams members are asked to function as members of a hired consulting group, to create a vision of how to involve local and regional health and educational institutions and community resources in an integrated plan that utilizes best practices in interprofessional teamwork to enhance the process of care for native people like Doris. Teams must address prevention, treatment and community-based follow-up targeted to ensuring patient-centered, culturally specific care plan outcomes. This integrated plan must identify metrics of success.

Each team is mentored by UAHS faculty members: Will Humble, MPH, UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health; Mary Connell, MD, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix; Terri Warholak, PhD, RPh, UA College of Pharmacy; Joseph Alpert, MD, UA College of Medicine – Tucson; Jessica Stahl, DBH, UA College of Nursing; Christy Pacheco, DNP, FNP-BC, UA College of Nursing; and Janet Maurer, MD, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix.

Cultural advisers are Francine Gachupin, PhD, MPH, member of the Pueblo of Jemez in New Mexico and assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Tucson; and Michelle Kahn-John, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, GNP, a member of the Diné (Navajo) tribe and assistant professor, UA College of Nursing.

Each team will present their case analysis to a panel of judges representing leaders from various disciplines within the health-care industry: Kara Snyder, RN, MS, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson; Cathy Townsend, RN, CNO, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South; Ted Tong, PharmD, associate dean, UA College of Pharmacy; Ronald Weinstein, MD, director, Arizona Telemedicine Program; and LeeAnne Denny, MD, interprofessional education program director, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix.

The first-place team in the UAHS Case Competition will be sent on a funded trip to the National CLARION Interprofessional Case Competition in Minneapolis, Minn., in April, to represent UAHS and compete for one of three scholarship awards.

About the University of Arizona Health Sciences

The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. The UA Health Sciences includes the UA Colleges of Medicine (Phoenix and Tucson), Nursing, Pharmacy and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, the UA Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater Southwest to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, the UA Health Sciences employs almost 5,000 people, has nearly 1,000 faculty members and garners more than $126 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information: http://uahs.arizona.edu