Working to Better Understand Varied Roles of Healthcare Professionals


South University, Richmond is working to make sure students planning a career in healthcare understand how professionals in different fields can collaborate in ways that benefit patients.

The campus recently held its first Inter-Professional Education student meeting. More than 100 students from the Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Physician Assistant, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant, and Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant programs took part in the meeting. The students learned about each other’s chosen fields of study, and how professionals in those fields can work together to best serve patients.

South University, Richmond Dean of Academic Affairs Jason Crittenden and Dean of Student Affairs Kate Batten held joint meetings with the students before they went into smaller discussion groups. During the discussions, students learned about the setting of each profession, degree and licensure requirements, responsibilities and even misconceptions about various medical fields.

During the next two academic quarters, these students will take part in follow-up simulation experiences designed to build on what they learned during the initial meeting and discussion groups. The goal is for the students to end the academic year ready to work with other disciplines to develop and execute treatment plans that lead to exceptional patient care.

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