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Jody Thompson: Solidarity Day: Interprofessional Education in Motion

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On Thursday, February 14, 2013, the UA College of Medicine's Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) will gather for the 3rd Annual Solidarity Day for Humanism in Medicine.


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Solidarity Day: Interprofessional Education in Motion

Posted by Jody Thompson on Feb 7, 2013

On Thursday, February 14, 2013, the UA College of Medicine's Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) will gather for the 3rd Annual Solidarity Day for Humanism in Medicine. This year, The University of Arizona Medical Center (UAMC) and the University of Arizona Health Sciences Colleges (AHSC) join them with the AHSC's Employee Appreciation Event for a network-wide celebration of the human connection.

Solidarity Day for Humanism in Medicine and Compassionate Patient Care was initiated in 2011 after the tragic shootings in Tucson, Arizona to recognize the UAMC physicians, nurses and healthcare staff for their heroic response in the emergency. This year the event is incorporating "Just Five Minutes" which is a concept adopted from the initiative created by Oregon Health and Science University encouraging participants to take some extra time to listen to their patients and colleagues.

Solidarity Day begins with the formation of the "Human Chain" that everyone is invited to join. Health professionals, faculty, students, staff and patients together, all representing the fundamental values the Interprofessional Education & Practice program (IPEP) fosters: the human connection and coming together for an important cause.

When asked how IPEP plays a role in "Humanism in Medicine," Solidarity Day 2013 Events Coordinator, 4th year medical student and member of GHHS, Randi Heller explained:

"Every member of a healthcare team plays an important role in compassionate patient care delivery. Each member of the team needs to understand the other member's roles in order to be able to effectively work together with the common goal of putting the patient's needs first and delivering the best care possible."

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Jody Thompson is a Junior at the University of Arizona College of Honors and is completing her degree in Creative Writing with a minor in English. Ms. Thompson was awarded the 2011 Martindale Literary Award and has had prose and poetry appear in multiple publications. In addition to her role as the Communications Assistant for Interprofessional Education & Practice, she interns as executive editor for Cairn Press, an independent publisher based out of Tucson, Arizona. Ms. Thompson has lived in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, various parts of Ohio and has backpacked England and Ireland.


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Bill Wetzel is Amskapi Pikuni aka Blackfeet from Montana. He's a former bull rider/wrestler turned writer and a coauthor of the short story collection "The Acorn Gathering." His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from the American Indian Culture (more...)
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