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MU hosting simulation program for prospective students as part of National Health Professions Week
Posted 10/20/2017 02:29PM

Misericordia University, the regional leader in education in the health and medical sciences fields, is offering a series of public educational events and participating in national programming in observance of the second annual National Health Professions Week. The program, in Huntzinger and Alden Trust Rooms 218-219 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall on Thursday, Nov. 9 begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. Programming begins at 9:15 a.m.

The departments of diagnostic medical sonography, medical imaging, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and social work at Misericordia University are collaborating on the interprofessional program to enable guidance counselors, teachers, and prospective students and their parents to explore the many exciting careers available in the national health care system. Adult learners also are welcome to participate.

The program simulation outlines the various roles health care professionals play during a trauma or illness and the numerous approaches to successfully delivering treatment.

The hands-on simulation involves a motor vehicle accident in which the patient suffers a spinal cord injury. Set up in stations, faculty members and students will represent their academic programs and explain the roles of their respective disciplines. In medical imaging, for example, the radiologic technologist will assist physicians in making an accurate diagnosis of the injury or illness. Overall, medical imaging oftentimes is the first department to provide care to the patient as it performs imaging procedures on all body areas to aid in diagnosis. Results of the scans help determine the type of care provided by other health care professionals.

Diagnostic medical sonography professionals assess organs, blood vessels and the musculoskeletal system with soundwaves so the patient is not exposed to radiation. In turn, nurses tend to the primary care of the patient, while also coordinating it with the other specialty fields. Physical therapists provide rehabilitation to increase the patient's mobility and independence in daily activities, while occupational therapists work to increase independence in self-care, and offer education, fine motor and leisure activities. In the spectrum of care, licensed social workers compassionately provide a psychosocial assessment through the diagnoses, planning and intervention processes.

Afterward, the academic disciplines will move into small breakout sessions that will enable campus visitors to learn more about a specific academic discipline and ask questions about the program.

To register for the patient simulation workshop at Misericordia University, please call Rachel Oberg, assistant director of admissions, at (570) 674-8023 or email her at Lunch and light refreshments are included in the educational program.

The Nov. 6-10 National Health Professions Week also includes a Virtual Fair on Wednesday, Nov. 8, which includes Misericordia University faculty members. The virtual fair allows high school students, undergraduate collegians, guidance counselors and others to chat live with clinicians and educators. Those interested in talking to professionals in the health care field can ask what life is like in that field, how they manage patients, and why they chose that specific profession. Each profession will have a chat room and available materials. The text-only chat is for individuals, classes and clubs. Participants can access the virtual fair at

More than 40 percent of Misericordia's students are enrolled in health and medical sciences academic programs, including addictions counseling, applied behavioral sciences, diagnostic medical sonography, geriatric care management, health care informatics, health sciences, medical imaging, medical science, nursing, occupational therapy, patient navigation, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology.

National Health Professions Week is a collaborative effort sponsored by the organizations that promote health profession education.

For more information about Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or visit
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