Interprofessional Students Leaders Receive George E. Thibault MD Nexus Award for 2021

Jarad Anderson, Christa Bellack, Tram Le, Brandon Moritz from the College of Medicine, and William Atkinson, Addison Davis from the College of Public Health were recognized on Thursday, October 7, 2021 for their poster presentation “IPE in Practice: Putting Shots in Arms” at the Nexus Summit 2021.

The Nexus Summit is a national conference held annually by the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. The student leaders from the Unity Clinic, OUHSC’s student-led interprofessional clinical experience, were recognized by the Summit with the George E. Thibault MD Nexus Award for their exemplary service within the Nexus and the creation of unique partnerships to meet critical needs of the community during the pandemic.

Vice Provost Dr. Valerie N. Williams noted “This is a wonderful acknowledgment of the excellent work of the IPE Unity team(s) regarding COVID vaccinations — and how effectively that work was represented in the presentation! I share hearty congratulations with the team!  I am so happy for all involved with the Unity COVID info, vaccine pods, and most recent iteration of strike teams to be recognized by association with this one presentation— being acknowledged by and among national peers via NEXUS Summit is a fabulous accolade!”

The students’ presentation highlighted the Unity Clinic’s work as a vehicle to recruit and engage students from across the seven OUHSC colleges. The interprofessional team developed methods to operationalize vaccine clinics to meet the administrative challenges of large-scale vaccination events.

The team’s responsibilities included onsite supervision and coordination, process improvement, and volunteer recruitment, education, and training. These responsibilities were shared by an interprofessional team of clinical and non-clinical students who worked collaboratively to ensure successful clinical operations. Over the course of several months, the team trained approximately 300 students in injection practices, safety, and quality. Volunteers contributed over 7,500 hours of service and administered over 35,000 vaccinations.

The students have now adapted their vaccine clinic model to meet patients where they are with community outreach through partnerships with trusted stakeholders to meet the needs of underserved populations in Oklahoma. Their work exemplifies the aims of interdisciplinary education and interprofessional practice.

For more information about the Unity Clinic, visit ipe.ouhsc.edu/Unity-Clinic.

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