Teaching the Benefits of Collaborative Practice to Improve Patient-Centered Care: NYU’s TOSH Initiative


400 Students from NYU’s Nursing, Dental, and Medical Programs Team-up in Simulation Training to Improve Patient-Centered Care with an Oral Systemic Case Study at NYSIM Sept. 10-12, 2013

400 Students from NYU’s Nursing, Dental, and Medical Programs Team-up in Simulation Training to Improve Patient-Centered Care with an Oral Systemic Case Study at NYSIM Sept. 10-12, 2013

Under a three-year, $1.2M Advanced Nursing Education Program (ANE Program) grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), “Teaching Oral-Systemic Health” (TOSH), some 400 students from the New York University College of Nursing (NYUCN), NYU School of Medicine (NYUSoM) and NYU College of Dentistry (NYUCD) are coming together to train at the New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences (NYSIM) at Bellevue Hospital September 10-12, 2013.  The interprofessional teams will collaborate in two experiences with an oral systemic case study, performing a focused exam on a standardized patient and participating in an oral systemic case study discussion group about the experience.

Dr. Judith Haber, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN associate dean, graduate programs, and the Ursula Springer Leadership Professor in Nursing, is leading the TOSH initiative.

“Millions of Americans have unmet oral health care needs, especially vulnerable and underserved populations,” said Dr. Haber. “TOSH is designed to implement an innovative, replicable, curricular model for developing interprofessional oral health competencies among healthcare students.  TOSH can play a significant role in increasing oral health workforce capacity, which in turn, will expand access to oral health care and contribute to improving oral-systemic health outcomes for underserved and vulnerable populations.”

The TOSH grant also provides a unique opportunity for nursing, dental, and medical students to use cutting-edge educational technology including clinical simulations, virtual patient cases, and telehealth to create a patient-centered model for collaborative practice.

“We envision the collaborative practice as a model of care that brings maximum value to patients and to practitioners”, said Dr. Erin Hartnett, Program Director of TOSH and OHNEP and lead organizer of this event.  “This interprofessional education program far surpassed our goals.  We were delighted to see the exchange among the all of the students in what was an amazing demonstration of cooperative, interprofessional experiential learning.”

“NYUCN, NYUCD, and NYUSoM are strategically engaged in an innovative, organizational partnership to advance an interprofessional model for health professions,” said Dr. Haber. “Building upon these academic partnerships and interprofessional collaborations, NYUCN is well positioned to lead, sustain, and disseminate the TOSH model.”

The TOSH Project is a timely response to the 2011 Institute of Medicine Committee on an Oral Health Access to Services recommendation for innovations in workforce development to increase competence in oral health across professions and to develop interprofesssional, team-based approaches to the prevention and treatment of oral diseases.

About New York University College of Nursing
NYU College of Nursing is a global leader in nursing education, research, and practice. It offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Arts and Post-Master’s Certificate Programs, a Doctor of Philosophy in Research Theory and Development, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  For more information, visit www.nyu.edu/nursing.

About New York University College of Dentistry--New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD) is the third oldest and the largest dental school in the US, educating more than 8 percent of all dentists. NYUCD has a significant global reach and provides a level of national and international diversity among its students that is unmatched by any other dental school.

NYU Langone Medical Center is nationally ranked as one of the top hospitals in the country for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report in its 2013–2014 “Best Hospitals Honor Roll,” and is ranked #2 in New York State and the New York metro area for being a high performing hospital.

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