On the evening of November 12, 2014, a group of students and faculty participated in a health screening event at Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland.
Fifty-three students participated, including 42 first-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students, six Physician Assistant (PA) students and seven Physical Therapy (PT) students. Several SMU faculty members also participated, including Tana Summers (PA), Tammy Valenta (BSN), Sharon Gorman (PT), Rolando Lazaro (PT), and Kathleen Edmunds from the California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM). Edmunds is a physical therapist doing research projects with CSPM.
Twenty-eight members of the community were seen. Five patients who needed health coverage and a medical home/provider were identified. Among them were three people with hypertension requiring medical referrals. The BSN students did short and detailed health histories, the PA students did physical exams and the PT students screened for mobility problems.
An important part of the event involved providing interprofessional experience for the students.
"The students worked as a team and followed each person through the screening event," said Terry Nordstrom, Assistant Academic Vice President. "We had a BSN, a PT, and a PA student accompany each person so they could learn about each other’s profession."