KU School of Medicine-Wichita

Embark 2017

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11 Matt Kostoff , Pharm.D., Clinical Assistant Professor "The big thing is having a greater respect for each other's roles." "They benefit from being able to work collaboratively to see the process, what the physician goes through to diagnose a particular disease or condition and then to determine the best course." "When pharmacy students are present, it changes the dynamic," Kellerman said. "Pharmacy students develop a better understanding of how we come to a conclusion to use a certain medication. And the medical students learn more about potential side effects of medications. So it works both ways in terms of both the medical students and the pharmacy students learning from each other." And education, to provide better care, is the goal — whether it's occurring in the classroom or in a clinic. Emerson found a receptive audience at KU School of Medicine-Wichita, as well as at Wichita State University's College of Health Professions. With many different programs, campuses and accrediting bodies involved, it's challenging to align curricula and events. But Emerson said having many partners dedicated to interprofessional education has made it work, whether in a clinic or a classroom. Pharmacy students are taking part in the medical school's problem-based learning sessions, where first- and second-year medical students are presented a case that's intended to develop and challenge their diagnostic skills. "Our students by that time have a lot of drug knowledge and can really contribute," Emerson said. "Some of the training benefit is getting exposure and comfort with each other, understanding what they do and what we do," says Matt Kostoff, clinical assistant professor. "The big thing is having a greater respect for each other's roles. When they are out practicing on their own, they will have that understanding. The more they can see early on, it's really going to help. "The attending physicians also utilize pharmacy faculty as a source of expert drug knowledge," Emerson said. "The physicians have patients on numerous medications, and the pharmacist on site can do medication reviews. It's a huge benefit not only to the physicians and residents but also to the patients." The relationships and familiarity developed at the family medicine clinics pay off at JayDoc. "When the residents are there, they know how pharmacy can fit in," Shin said. Learning together in a number of ways Clinical encounters are a valuable part of the collaboration, but they are just one. For several years, pharmacy students have given flu shots during Operation Immuni- zation each October, while medical students have performed health screenings. Another example is TeamSTEPPS, a developing program that seeks to reduce errors by instilling teamwork and commu- nication skills in health professions. Medical students, pharmacy students and those from nursing, social work, physical therapy and other fields participate in events that range from learning basic teamwork skills to more advanced training involving simulation equipment and standardized patients. "When we opened the pharmacy campus here, we wanted to ensure we were integrating our faculty with the medical community," Emerson said.

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