PA students collaborate to serve community health needs

PA DentaQuest 2013Five UAB Schools Collaborate for DentaQuestEvery month students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Physician Assistant Program participate in a health screening as part of an interdisciplinary program at UAB. The School of Dentistry, in partnership with the schools of Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Optometry, received a renewal grant through the DentaQuest Foundation to continue a program designed to train healthcare students to work with other professions.

Students from each school meet once a month, on the last Friday of the month, at a select school in the Birmingham area. On Friday, September 27, 2013, five PA students, Heather Gibson (bottom row, white coat), Virginia Marlow, Kayla Renner, Michelle Fallis (L/R middle row, white coats) and Jeremy Johnson (top row, white coat), provided well child assessments for students at Glen Iris Elementary School. The UAB students usually see 20 to 30 students but assessed a total of 82 students that day.

The program’s mission is to help Alabama healthcare practitioners understand how to work together in health teams to provide optimal care to their patients. They also want the students to learn when to refer a patient to their colleagues in a different health profession.

For more, check out UAB News’ coverage of a previous site visit.