What Interdisciplinary Looks Like

Today Dr. Imelda Reyes asked our small morning reflection group what experiences we’ve had that were most enjoyable about our time here in Moultrie. My response was “everything!” As an undergraduate it’s pretty inspiring to see how all of the different disciplines within healthcare are working together to care for this underserved population. Because we’re in a community health setting, hiccups inevitably occur. But seeing how smoothly this team deals with such situations makes me really glad to be a part of this program and gain this particular type of experience. For example, those that know Spanish, regardless of their discipline, pitch in and translate if we can’t find an interpreter. Yesterday it started raining (hard!) and everyone moved so quickly to get the tents down and the vans packed that I swear it was a magic trick.

Here’s a sample of our interdisciplinary team:

A dental hygeinist student gets a head-to-toe clinical experience in Moultrie.

A dental hygeinist student gets a head-to-toe clinical experience in Moultrie.

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We’re all crazy about the Physical Therapist students from UGA. Their work is so important to the farmworkers, whose work consists of repititive motion and strenuous physical labor.

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PT also had a dance party in their car with their headlamps while we were waiting out the rain. We’ll be so sad to see them go — they’re only here for a week.

 

 

Undergraduate Nursing student Graham Byrd's blood pressure taking skills are "vital" to the team effort.

Undergraduate Nursing student Graham Byrd’s blood pressure taking skills are “vital” to the team effort.

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The pharmacy students take care of all the paperwork during the day. I swear these people have specially-equipped brains.

The director of the Migrant Education Program told me the dental hygeinist's work at the school is some of the most important preventative care these students will receive in their lifetimes.

The director of the Migrant Education Program told me that the dental hygeinist’s work at the school is some of the most important preventative care these students will receive in their lifetimes.

Dental Hygenists from Darton College -- they say the mouth is the gateway to the body. I'm sure they're sick of hearing that, but I think it's important to remember!

Dental Hygenists from Darton College — they say the mouth is the gateway to the body. I’m sure they’re sick of hearing that, but I think it’s important to remember!

"The brains of the operation." Dr. Ann Connor, Dr. Judith Wold, and Sharon Quinn.

“The brains of the operation.” Dr. Ann Connor, Dr. Judith Wold, and Sharon Quinn.

 

Pharmacy students help farmworkers get the right medications at night camp.

Pharmacy students help farmworkers get the right medications at night camp.

116 healthcare practitioners, but just one medical doctor! Dr. Jack Williams is in the MPH program at Emory University. He's also a really nice guy. Here he's translating for an Emory NP student.

116 healthcare practitioners, but just one medical doctor! Dr. Jack Williams is in the MPH program at Emory University. He’s also a really nice guy. Here he’s translating for an Emory NP student.

Photos by Becca Owings, Laura Garcia, and Nicole Makris.

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