Students headed to classrooms and gathered in small groups of 5 to 10 for a three-phase presentation and discussion of a case study involving access to healthcare for a noncitizen. In keeping with Murphy Deming’s interprofessional emphasis, students were encouraged to sit next to a profession that was not their own, so that they could benefit from from different perspectives.
Aaliyah Turner-Faush ’19, who was part of the group of undergraduate students who traveled to MBU’s branch campus, found her biggest takeaway in the event’s focus on collaboration.
“In this experience, I saw people from different backgrounds coming together and combining their minds to figure out the scenario,” she said.
Tanlaya Hudson ’19, who is from Miami and is very aware of realities faced by undocumented immigrants, agreed. “It was great watching how students from different types of programs and curriculum approached this issue, hearing how they would handle it and sharing my personal experiences.”
Two of the student facilitators — Samantha Meyers, a second year PT student, and Danica Mazique, a second-year OT student — revealed the story in several installments of an injured patient seeking care, who had been recently laid off and also did not hold American citizenship.
“We’re not meant to solve the case in this study, but to highlight concerns and things to ponder, and gain some insight as to how citizenship status impacts healthcare” said Meyers.
Participants considered the appropriate way to broach personal topics, the importance of building a patient-therapist relationship, and awareness about assumptions and potential biases, all within the context of providing an effective treatment plan.
“This case was inspired in part by one of my friends,” said Mazique. “These are real issues that people face, and there are many facets; it’s not always what you think or who you think.”