14 November 2011

Collaborative Healthcare with Western University


The other day our friend Chase was featured in the OSU student newspaper, The Barometer, for participating in a collabroative health group with Western University DO students and a variety of OSU majors. In the picture above, Chase is the student with the faux hawk, or "fake mohawk" as our older coworkers like to call it.

Each group was given a problem and discussed how appropriate actions can be taken in the healthcare community to find a solution. For example, Scott's group was challenged with this situation (not verbatim):

A little girl comes to her dentist for a cleaning. The dentist notices that the girl is pretty frail and shows signs of cystic fibrosis, but her chart shows no record of the diagnosis. Should the dentist refer the patient to a specialist? What is the best way for healthcare professionals to work together in this situation?

I think there was even a vet med student from OSU in each group, and each probelm involved them. I'm not sure what cystic fibrosis has to do with animals, but there was some connection I suppose.

Scott and I went with Chase and his wife Morgan to an OSU basketball game this last weekend. It happened to be the weekend before a major microbiology exam. Scott likes to say that this first exam in "MCBM" (don't know what that stands for) is like combining five high level undergraduate courses into four DAYS of review and then having a cumulative final. Needless to say, Scott and Chase were studying every moment of the drive and game.

This is what Morgan and I had to listen to:

Scott: Okay, tell me everything you know about Novobiocin.
Chase: Novobiocin is a natural product that stops transcription of DNA. Fluoroquinolones inhibit bacterial replication by binding to topoisomerase II subunits, and topotecan, a eucaryotic topoisomerase I inhibitor, is used for cancer chemotherapy.

Let's just say that in order to ignore my inability to absorb any of that information, I spent a lot of time talking with Morgan about sitcoms, work, or contemplating other non-medical deep thoughts.