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At a recent Inter-Professional Education Symposium (IPE) sponsored by Touro College School of Health Sciences, over 350 students, faculty, and clinicians from the departments of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Speech Language Pathology, and Physician Assistant gathered to work together as an interprofessional team to first treat and later plan for the discharge of a fictitious patient; a 23-year-old adult with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) admitted to the hospital after suffering multiple fractures from a car accident.
The patient, Manny, was a 23-year-old obese male on the autism spectrum who had been hospitalized. After a recent car accident that broke bones in his right leg and wrist, his limited communication skills had become impaired; he spent most of the time in his hospital bed, curled up in a fetal position. As a member of an interdisciplinary medical team, what is the best course of treatment?
"Early on in my career as a physician assistant, I looked after patients with multiple chronic conditions and illnesses that needed several specialists involved in their cases. Communication was critical,” recalls Nathan Boucher, director of graduate education Physician Assistant Program at Touro’s School of Health Sciences. “With transitions between workers taking place every eight, 12 and 24 hours, there were a lot of chances to drop the ball.”