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It's a given in modern health care that the most effective means of care for a patient involves a team of highly skilled and trained medical professionals. However, traditional training at many universities puts medical disciplines into silos that focus on training each profession individually. That's not the case at UofL as the concept of interdisciplin- ary learning gains ground on campus. "Interdisciplinary training is a major focus for our university," said Kentucky AHEC director V. Faye Jones, MD, PhD. "Medical, dental and nursing students take the lead at UofL to work together to create the cultural understanding needed in a modern health care setting." "When you look at examples such as para- medics vs. nurses vs. physicians, you see that they each need to understand the other's training and capabilities so they can work as a team," said Lucy Juett, director of the South Central AHEC. "Does that understanding come in the work experience or in the educa- tional arena? In many ways, it's easier to do that in an educational setting where everyone learns together and supports each other from the beginning." This includes cultural competency workshops where schools include input from students over all health care disciplines. In some AHEC programs across Kentucky, training may include medical students, nurse practitioners and allied health students working together in one location. "We have multiple learners in one place and they work as a team, which is so important," said Jones. "We are in the early stages of making interdisciplinary training work, but it is def nitely a goal for the future." Benef ts include the obvious understanding between professions and the practical sharing of information and strategies that will assist students throughout their careers. The goal is to create a spirit of collaboration that will become a habit. It is not necessarily a new approach, notes Jones, but one that is much more curriculum- focused and encouraged across all disci- plines. "UofL is focused on the full picture, and is looking at all services in the health care f eld. We want to be a pipeline to serve everyone," she said. H O M E G R O W N H E A L T H C A R E Breaking the mold: Interdisciplinary teamwork scores a win for everyone H O M E G R O W N H E A L T H C A R A R E Statewide Service UofL's partnership with UK splits AHEC services across the state into eight regions. UofL's AHEC serves counties in the Purchase, West, South Central and Northwest regions of Kentucky. In 2013 UofL had a presence in 151 AHEC rotation and clinical sites. Statistics from 2011-2012 unless otherwise noted. *Estimated value from physician donated services and teaching. 56 counties served by UofL AHEC rotations STUDENTS participating in AHEC rotations 879 by students HOURS SERVED 107,852 by physicians HOURS DONATED 47,454 MILLION $ 3.5 * economic impact MEDICAL DISCIPLINES 37 W I N T E R / S P R I N G U O F L M A G A Z I N E | 3 7 U L _ 3 7 3 7 UL_37 37 1 / 2 4 / 1 4 1 0 : 1 2 A M 1/24/14 10:12 AM

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