Here at Indiana State one of the ways we are accomplishing this competency is through an event we have named Interprofessional Halloween. As individuals in the class we have had to choose a profession that could work with athletic trainers. We each are to research our chosen profession, come to class dressed in our profession, and then intermingle during class to learn about each profession. The purpose of this class is to think about athletic training in collaboration with other professionals. Some of the professions my classmates and I have chosen include sports dietitian/nutritionist, dermatologist, physician extender, sport psychologist, and even insurance coordinator. When you think about IPE what professions come to mind? Is there a limit to who could work with athletic trainers to provide the best patient care?
As students in a professional, post-professional program, or as practicing athletic trainers, we need to improve on our knowledge of healthcare professions and collaborate with these professions. At the high school level, are we working with school social workers, nurses, counselors or even teachers to provide holistic care? At the collegiate level are we collaborating with physical therapist, sport psychologist, nutritionist, and physician extenders to coordinate services? In the non-traditional setting, are we using physician assistants, insurance coordinators, and occupational therapist to administer healthcare? Let’s work together as athletic trainers to keep an open mind towards other professions and continue collaborating our efforts as healthcare professionals.
- Marissa Yorgey LAT, ATC