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InfoFair 2005 Abstracts

Informatics Exposure in a Coordinated Health Sciences Curriculum

Training in medicine and pharmacy historically has been conducted with discrete and separate curricula, despite the need for a common knowledge base and for achieving an understanding of the discipline or specialty expertise of partnering professional. Typically, professional students receiving M.D. and Pharm.D. degrees and entering the healthcare team have been isolated from one another until they appear on hospital ward teams.

Many Ph.D. students conducting biomedical research within the shadows of the major medical centers, and likely supported by the NIH, receive no training in human oriented biochemistry and physiology, the pathology of disease states and therapeutic agents and outcomes.

In the past, the training of physicians and pharmacists included a Latin-based language or coding system to allow communication between the professions to be encrypted from the patient. Even at the time of delivery of the medication to the patient, the label contained only directions related to the dosage regimen, but no information on the medication itself. Several elements of discontent provided the ferment for change. Patient frustration regarding lack of information about their condition or therapy, medical errors resulting from encrypted information or unclear abbreviations and a recognition that professional training covering all elements from diagnosis to therapy and outcomes should be a shared experience.

Accordingly, further changes are needed in coordinating training among the health care professions, encouraging continual communication between professions and developing a cost-effective team approach to health care. Within this framework, academic medical centers should be the stage for initiating the change and disseminating the information to the community. For example, a primary benefit of sequencing the human genome will be the genotype-phenotype correlations that affect drug responses, yet this information can not be confined to the academic silo and ivy tower.

Moreover, it should be packaged in a way that can be useful to the practitioner, and practitioners of the future should be suitably trained to process the data and appropriately counsel the patient. Genetic counseling as related to therapeutic outcomes will impact a great segment of the population increasing the demands for data access, confidentiality and therapeutic expertise at the grass root sites. The practitioners of the future must access this information, interpret it and deliver appropriate patient counsel. Hence, the academic health science library should play a dual role in providing an information resource to the practitioner and training its graduates with the skills to use the resource effectively.

Presenter: Palmer Taylor

Meet the Experts Panel Discussion

Local panelists join Dr. Taylor in discussing issues related to interdisciplinary training for the health sciences professions. The panel moderator is Wayne J. Peay. Panelists include Susan Beck, Ph.D., R.N., Donald Blumenthal, Ph.D., Lynn Jorde, Ph.D. and Larry Reimer, M.D.

Noon Exhibits

The University of Utah Bookstore and the University of Utah Office of Software Licensing will be available from noon until 1:00 p.m. on the main level of the Eccles Library. They will display products and answer questions related to hardware and software.

The University of Utah Department of Software Licensing will be showing many of today's popular software products available to University students, faculty and staff at reasonable prices. Most packages are discounted up to 50% from the retail prices. Some of the more popular products sold are:

New Space for Clinical Practice

With the completion of the new Health Sciences Education Building, all health sciences disciplines will have access to the clinical area. This space is designed to simulate an outpatient clinic setting and to be used as an instructional space or as an examination space. This is new to the health sciences campus. In the past the educational programs have used off hours clinic time and the College of Nursing's in-patient simulation space. The presenters will describe the School of Medicine's and the College of Nursing's plans to use the clinical area in their curriculums.

At the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to:
  1. Describe how the Clinical area will be used for the Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) required of medical students.
  2. Describe the medical students' use during the Physical Diagnosis course.
  3. Describe how the College of Nursing will use the Clinical are for Standardized Patient Examinations.
  4. Describe the nurse practitioner and pharmacy students' use during the Adult Assessment and Health Promotion course.

Presenter: Sandra Haak, APRN, Ph.D.
and Caroline Milne, M.D.

New Technologies in the Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB)

As the new HSEB construction nears completion, the Eccles Library is preparing to assist health sciences faculty, students and staff take full advantage of the technologies incorporated into the building. The presenters will provide an overview of the building and highlight it's teaching and learning technologies. The new classrooms will be described, with demonstration of the teaching podium used to control the computing, projection, and sound system in each room. It will be explained how the building's wireless (and wired) network allows users to work and interact throughout the building. Specialized computer laboratories and distance education classrooms, designed to provide enhanced teaching and learning spaces, will be highlighted. Discussion of the high tech clinical skills area will be detailed. Use of innovative technologies, including TabletPCs, USB memory keys, Webcasting, and new video-conferencing tools will also be covered in the presentation.

Presenters: Nancy T. Lombardo, Wayne J. Peay, and Hang Wong

Web Gallery: Building Partnerships; Bridging Disciplines

The Web Gallery provides quality links to websites that discuss interdisciplinary health sciences education and the creation of partnerships between disciplines.

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