MCPHS Students provide preventive health screenings for older adults.

MCPHS-Manchester Students Give Back Through Interprofessional Collaboration

  • In September, students on the Manchester, NH campus at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) came together in a day of interprofessional collaboration, designed to both benefit the community and provide students with the opportunity for interdisciplinary experience.

    Students led a range of complimentary preventive health screenings for older adults at the W.B. Cashin Senior Activity Center in Manchester, NH. More than one hundred members of the community benefited from the screenings.

    Thirty-one students and faculty members from the Master of Occupational Therapy program in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences conducted cognitive screening tests and presented educational programs. Students from the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program conducted vital sign testing and reviewed educational materials with participants.

    Also present at the event were students and faculty from the School of Optometry on the Worcester campus, who completed visual screenings, and Doctor of Pharmacy students, who delivered presentations on medication safety, including appropriate disposal of prescription medications, and conducted skin cancer screenings.

    The day represented an important opportunity for students to gain insight into the expertise and knowledge base of a variety of healthcare professions. As students worked together to provide patient care, they learned about screening tools, as well as a variety diagnostic and treatment methods used by other specialties.

    MCPHS is committed to empowering students and faculty to participate in interprofessional collaboration experiences, designed to enhance the level of communication between healthcare professionals of all backgrounds and ultimately improve the care provided to patients.