JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - An event hosted by New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at A-State and Arkansas State University introduced students to the importance of working together in the healthcare field.
NYITCOM at A-State and A-State’s Department of Health Professions paired up to show current students their roles in working alongside other professions in the healthcare field.
Dr. Adrienne Loftis, physician and instructor at NYITCOM, said responsibility with patients are not her only roles.
“It helps them to actually know they're not working with a patient alone, that they're not the only ones sometimes to have a role in responsibility with a patient. And they can go in and know that when they're having a rough time also they can actually count on somebody else,” Loftis said.
The hands-on experience at the third annual inter-professional event showed value to other professions, according to Dr. Shawn Drake, chair of the physical therapy department at A-State.
“It's valuing what other professions do and knowing what the other professionals role and responsibilities are, and that there's a lot of overlap,” Drake said.
At the event, several groups were presented, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, EMT/paramedics, nutritional sciences, social work, communication disorders and athletic training.