Molly Miller, Catherine McCarty, and Ruku Machiwalla (pictured, right), three second-year students in the School of Health ProfessionsPhysician Assistant Studies Program, screened dozens of Birmingham-area children as part of a Sight Savers America (SSA) event in Hoover on January 25, 2019.

The screening is part of an interprofessional program with the UAB Schools of Optometry, Nursing,  Dentistry, and Physician Assistant Studies where students from each school work together to provide complete health screening exams to children.

“This is a fun event and a wonderful way to teach our students about the importance of how each of our professions contribute to the entire medical team for treatment,” said Heather Neighbors, PA-C, Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education for the UAB PA Studies Program, located in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences. “Our students also learn basic screening techniques by watching  their peers perform physical examination on the children, allowing them to learn even more about each individual health profession.”

The SSA, a Pelham-based nonprofit, provides children access to vision services and regularly hosts eye exams across the Southeast United States.