All posts by Melanie Poirier

Health Education Center Holds Inter-professional Event

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On Monday, March 4, 2019, 103 students and 14 faculty members participated in the Inter-professional Education Event at SPC’s Health Education Center.

Now in its third year, student participation in this event has doubled since the first year, which had only 50 students. Various faculty and program directors from the different health disciplines participated in planning the event and served as group facilitators to help guide students in critical thinking.

A big thanks to our Student Government Association, who provided lunches for participants through HEC’s own Nature’s Table. The health education programs that participated in the event included students from Dental Hygiene, Respiratory Therapy, Radiology, Emergency Medical Services, Health Information Technology, Health Services Administration and Nursing. SPC students interacted with others from multiple healthcare disciplines to watch a medical emergency scenario video, and worked together in teams to identify errors and ways to correct and prevent future medical errors. The final group debrief showed that they students learned a lot, enjoyed the activity and hoped for more opportunities on campus for Inter-professionalism events in the future.

One student, Pauline Abrantes-Schuyler from the Health Services Administration program, said,

I attended the Lunch and Learn today – what a great experience for all programs. It would be a great way to bring together all the disciplines to brainstorm, correct and identify positives and negatives in health care experiences. Thank you for the opportunity to attend.

All students felt they learned something new and learned more about each other’s professions through this event. As Dr. Teri Trede put it,

Networking and interdisciplinary engagement are critical to success and are excellent ways to grow skills.”

Thank you to all who participated in this inter-professional event. I know the students benefited from each person’s knowledge and experience.

Dental Hygiene Students Celebrate

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In St. Petersburg College’s Dental Hygiene Associate of Science Program, both the freshmen and sophomore classes had a holiday party organized by Student American Dental Hygienists Association (SADHA) to celebrate the successes and challenges of the fall semester.

The party’s theme was the typical “ugly sweater” Christmas party, where 68 SADHA students got together dressed in full holiday attire. This event was a great way to end the semester.

In our program,we have a mentorship system, where a sophomore student helps out a freshman with their classes, clinic and study habits. This event allowed the two classes to mingle and get to know each other a little more than just in the academic realm. The sophomore students have one more semester left until they graduate and become dental hygienists in the “real world”, and the freshmen have one more semester until they become a “big brother/big sister” to mentor the incoming freshman. It is a fun cycle.

The turnout was a great success, and a favorite part of the event was the white elephant gift exchange. Each student who participated brought a wrapped gift, and we went through the numbering system all the way to 75! There were lots of gifts stolen, taken back, then stolen again. Tons of laughs and fun memories were made, and that brought everyone into the holiday spirit! Some favorite gifts were actual “white elephant” pants, candles, a cozy sweater, and a fleece blanket.

Students from each class brought in yummy dishes for appetizers and dessert, and the SADHA club provided pizza. It was a great event that lasted almost two hours!

Another highlight of the event was the musical entertainment by one of the Sophomore students, Nataliia Voitovych. She brought in a traditional Ukrainian instrument and played it while singing the traditional Christmas carol,“Silent Night”. She sang the first verse in Ukraine, and then the second verse in English. It was a beautiful display of her talent, and everyone gave a standing ovation! It is so nice to see the other outside talents our students possess!

Interprofessional Collaboration Benefits SPC Health Students

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College of Health Science students at St. Petersburg College stepped into the shoes of other healthcare professionals at this month’s Interprofessional Collaboration Event.

Fifty students and 12 faculty members participated in the event on March 27.

Students benefited from learning about the roles of other healthcare professionals and want more opportunities to participate in future interprofessional collaboration events.  When asked if they learned something new during the session, all raised their hands.

Among the group were 29 dental hygiene students, 10 respiratory therapy students, five radiology students, four emergency medical services students and two health information technology students.

The students were divided into teams composed of a mix of various disciplines. They worked together to analyze care provided during a hypothetical medical emergency scenario presented in three video clips produced by the faculty. Under the guidance of a faculty moderator, each team identified and discussed the medical errors and recommended ways to correct or prevent future medical errors.