Spring 2011

Family Home Visit Program (Fall 2010 / Spring 2011)

The Home Visit Program is organized by the School of Medicine, the School of 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

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

Spirituality and Clinical Care Module (Spring 2011)

This nationally recognized interprofessional module brings together large and small groups of Nursing, Medical, and Health Profession students to discuss issues related to spirituality in healthcare. A variety of cases bring the students together to consider the spiritual needs of patients from their unique professional perspectives. In addition, the concept of spiritual self-care is introduced with a link to a module in the online course syllabus. Students are encouraged to explore the module and tend to their own emotional and spiritual health in order to better assess and meet the needs of their patients. An interprofessional group of faculty representing the School of Health Professions, the School of Nursing, and the School of Medicine facilitate the course interactions.

The following are dates for the Spirituality and Clinical Care Module:

3/7/2011 Monday Time:  1:00pm -3:00pm Location: Levin Hall Dining room
3/8/2011 Tuesday Time:  1:00pm -3:00pm Location: Levin Hall Dining room
3/9/2011 Wednesday Time:   3:00pm -5:00pm Location: Levin Hall Dining room
3/10/2011 Thursday Time:  1:00pm -3:00pm Location: Levin Hall Dining room

Friday, March 11, 2011 Interfaith Panel
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Levin Hall Dining Room

Activity Facilitators:
Susan M. Gerik, M.D. - Associate Professor Pediatrics and Family Medicine
Kay Sandor, Ph.D., RN, LPC, AHN-BC - Professor Nursing
Rodger Marion, Ph.D., FASAHP - Distinguished Teaching Professor and Professor Emeritus
synergy Assistant Director – Brandon Hernandez, MLA

Interprofessional Education Day Spring 2011

Date: Wednesday March 23, 2011. IPE Day Poster (click here)
Location: Rebecca Sealy Interprofessional Simulation Center
Time: 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Interprofessional Education Day will focus on student team building and simulated exercises for various student participants from each school. Faculty members, from each school, are encouraged to be represented to promote an environment of interprofessional teaching and coaching.