Fall 2010

Family Home Visit Program (Fall 2010 / Spring 2011)

The Home Visit Program is organized by the School of Medicine, the Schoolof Nursing, and the School of Health Professions. Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nursing, Respiratory Care, Physician Assistant, Medical, and Clinical Lab Science students visit families of diverse backgrounds in their homes to interview family members, obtain family perspectives on the roles of health care, and relate experiences from other student participants. Each discipline shares their approach to assessing and reporting their findings.  The Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy students, in the context of their individual courses in the school of Health Professions, submit an environmental assessment related to the goals of their course.

Activity Facilitators:
School of Medicine - Susan Gerik, M.D.
School of Health Professions - Caroline W. Stegink-Jansen PT, Ph.D., CHT 
synergy Assistant Director – Brandon Hernandez, MLA

Court Visitor Program (Fall 2010)

The interprofessional aspect of this activity allows for two School of Nursing students in each team to interact with two different Medical students on a weekly basis. The interprofessional collaboration takes place during the psychiatric Nursing portion of the curriculum in which the teams of students assess and report on wards of the court. In addition, a sixteen page report is completed on each of the wards and presented to the judge.Students are encouraged to explore several areas before their interactions occur such as, aspects of aging, injuries from birth, injuries from accidents and injuries from war. The conditions and regulations for the Court Visitor program operate under the Chapter XIII Texas Probate Code 648: Court Visitor Program. All students are required to attend an orientation session relating to the facilitation of the Court Visitor Program.

This activity will accommodate only a limited number of participants due to the structure of the course and schedule. 

Activity Facilitators:
School of Nursing - Mary E. O'Keefe, RN, Ph.D., JD
School of Medicine - Susan Gerik, M.D.

Pediatric End of Life Simulation (Fall 2010)

The Pediatric End of Life simulation will bring together Nursing, Health Profession, and Medical students to participate in a high fidelity simulation and discussion.  The simulation will focus on the case of an infant, her family, and her health care providers as the child faces cardiopulmonary arrest.  A panel of practicing health care professionals will present their perspectives and answer questions during a debriefing following the simulation.  

Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 
Location: Levin Hall Main auditorium
Time: 3:00- 5:00pm

Activity Facilitators:
Susan M. Gerik, M.D.  - Associate Professor Pediatrics and Family Medicine  
Bonnie K. Webster, MS, RN, BC - Assistant Professor Pediatric Nursing and Informatics
Oma Morey, Ph.D. - Senior Medical Educator, Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Sealy Center on Aging
synergy Assistant Director – Brandon Hernandez, MLA

Global Health Interprofessional Core Course (Fall 2010 / Spring 2011)

This course is offered over a period from September to April to all students in the four schools. The course is the core, anchor course for the Global Health Training Program, and is the first step in developing a campus-wide, integrated Global Health Program for all students. An interprofessional group of faculty representing the School of Health Professions, the School of Nursing, the School of Medicine, and the Graduate School in Biomedical Sciences is led by Dr. Alexandra Nolen. The curriculum provides an overview of critical issues in understanding global health challenges in contemporary society within an interprofessional learning environment.

Course Facilitators:
Alexandra B. Nolen, Ph.D., MPH - School of Medicine
Vicki S. Freeman, Ph.D., MLS (ASCP) CM SC, FACB - Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Gretchen V.M. Stone, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA - Occupational Therapy
Carolyn Utsey, P.T., Ph.D. - Physical Therapy
Elizabeth Reifsnider, Ph.D., APRN, BC - Doctoral Nursing
Laura Rudkin, Ph.D. - MPH/Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

This course is listed as a Special Topics Course
Anticipated course start date: September 8, 2010 (Fall)
Students should contact their respective program director to enroll:

Course Information Link:

Contact Person:
Caley Satterfield, M.Ed.
Program Coordinator
PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for Training in International Health
4.304 Marvin Graves Building 409.772.0637 office  casatter@utmb.edu

Foundations in Patient Safety and Health Care Quality Course (Fall 2010)

Course Description:
Students enrolled in this course will have an opportunity to engage in a variety of interprofessional learning activities designed to facilitate professional competencies for health care practitioners. The problems with quality and safety are reviewed from a health care systems perspective.  Quality improvement processes are addressed utilizing clinical examples from across clinical settings. This course is currently available for enrollment (Course Numbers: PEDU 4060), (GNRS 5344) & (NURS 4314) as an interprofessional curriculum.

Course Facilitators:
Susan Gerik, M.D. - School of Medicine
Marvin Cohen, M.D. - School of Medicine
Kathryn Fiandt, DNS, FAANP - School of Nursing
Jennifer Grant Baer R.N., M.S., CPHQ - UTMB Administration     
synergy Assistant Director - Brandon Hernandez, MLA

Course Information Link:

Course Schedule:
Days of the Week: Tuesday and Thursday (Only)
Time: 5:00-6:30pm
Location:  (TBA)  
Calendar Dates:  9/21/2010 – 11/11/2010
Weeks 1-4    9/21 - 10/14
Weeks 5-8    10/19 – 11/11