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

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

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) came together to train at the New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences (NYSIM) at Bellevue Hospital September 10-12, 2013.  The interprofessional teams collaborated 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.

“We envisioned 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 Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (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.”

“Millions of Americans have unmet oral health care needs, especially vulnerable and underserved populations,” said Dr. Judith Haber, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN associate dean, graduate programs, and the Ursula Springer Leadership Professor in Nursing. “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.

"The Teaching Oral Systemic Health program was an incredible experience for the more than 400 medical, nursing and dentistry students and faculty members who participated, said Thomas Riles, M.D.; Frank C. Spencer Professor of Surgery; Executive Director of the NY Simulation Center for Health Sciences; Associate Dean Medical Education & Technology, NYUSoM.  “For all, the interaction among the professions was instructive as the important content material related to oral health. I am sure that the success of this program will foster more interprofessional programs in the future."

"Seeing our dental, medical and nursing students teach, and learn,   from each other was a eye-opening experience,” said Kenneth L Allen, D.D.S., M.B.A., Clinical Associate Professor of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, NYUCD.  “This is the model for what Interprofessional Education could and should be."

“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.  http://www.nyu.edu/dental/

NYU Langone Medical Center has been ranked #14 in the nation on the U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals 2013–14 Honor Roll,” including top 10 rankings in orthopaedics, rheumatology, rehabilitation, neurology & neurosurgery, and geriatrics. The Medical Center was again ranked #2 in New York State and the New York metro area for being a high performing hospital.

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

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