2014 AHEC Competition 2nd place Team

UW-Green Bay Team Members: Dr. Janet Reilly, Tim Zietz, Sarah Sodemann, Lydia Ambrosius

UW-Green Bay health professions student team takes Silver in January 2014 AHEC Interprofessional Healthcare Case Study Competition! 

As Olympians prepare to compete in Sochi, a team of UW-Green Bay students prepared throughout Fall semester 2013 to compete in the statewide Healthcare Case Competition, bringing home the silver (2nd place) and a $2000 prize! Only 8 of the 17 teams of healthcare profession students from private and public universities across the state of Wisconsin that applied were invited to compete in the first annual case study competition, sponsored by the Wisconsin Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and  held on January 9-10, 2014 at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. AHEC provided meals and lodging for the students, as well as opportunitiesfor them to network and speak with a variety of healthcare professionals from around the state in the Interprofessional Student Village.

In the assigned case study, a patient recently discharged from a hospital died upon readmission a few days later due to multiple errors in health care systems, processes, transitions of care to the community, and communication between health care professionals. The UW-Green Bay team members faced unique challenges collaborating via distance technology to find interprofessional solutions to the case study, since team members were not only from three different disciplines, but also were a blend of traditional students living on campus and online students living in northern and southeastern Wisconsin. Meeting for the first time in Wisconsin Dells during the competition, the Phoenix team successfully identified four core interprofessional competencies they felt healthcare professionals needed to address and resolve the issues in the case study: values and ethics; roles and responsibilities; interpersonal communication; and teams and teamwork. The first place team hailed from Milwaukee and was awarded $3000 and the team from UW-Stevens Point was awarded 3rd place and $1000 by the distinguished panel of interdisciplinary judges from healthcare academia and practice.

Representing UW-Green Bay were team members Timothy Zietz (biology/psychology/pre-med), Sarah Sodemann (dietetics), and Lydia Ambrosius, Chris (Mary) Lange & Sheila Hulce-Dittman (RN to BSN students from the Professional Program in Nursing). Chris (Mary) and Sheila participated in the case study solutions but were unable to present and attend the actual competition. Dr. Janet Reilly, Associate Professor in the Professional Program in Nursing, recruited and mentored this successful team. Any students from health professions that are interested in competing in 2015, should contact Dr. Reilly at: reillyj@uwgb.edu.

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