Commencement 2019

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Virginia Wesleyan social work students had the opportunity this month to study alongside medical and graduate students during an Inter-Professional Collaborative Training held at the Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning in Norfolk. VWC seniors Rachel Bays, Teddi Coleman, Gracie Gustin, Summer Moore, Latrisa Norris, and Amber Welch attended the March 14 simulation (view photo), sponsored by the Old Dominion University School of Nursing in collaboration with Eastern Virginia Medical School. The joint-training also included EVMS fourth-year medical students, graduate students from ODU programs in clinical nursing, speech and language therapy, and physical therapy, and undergraduates from ODU’s School of Dental Hygiene. The training was organized by VWC Assistant Professor of Social Work Annette Clayton, who attended the event along with Batten Professor of Social Work Ben Dobrin. “This was very exciting for the students and for the department,” says Dobrin. “’Inter-professional collaboration’ and ‘tele-health’ are 21st-century hot topics in the training of health and allied health professionals, and our students are getting great experiences now in these topics.” In addition to the one-day learning opportunity, the program also includes an online module component that VWC students are completing individually and in collaboration with interdisciplinary team members.