We launched our 50th chapter this summer! To celebrate, we're highlighting activities of all our chapters throughout the summer. It's the PCP Chapters of Summer campaign. Today on the blog, read about a chapter event that encouraged students of various health care disciplines to get to know each other...then try it with your own chapter!
By Julia Cooper
One recent rainy evening, University of Rochester students gathered in a classroom at the School of Nursing
for our Primary Care Progress chapter’s Meet-and-Eat event. This annual dinner brings together medical and nursing students to socialize, share stories and enjoy sandwiches from our favorite family-owned restaurant. We love the Meet-and-Eat because our discussions always generate new topics for workshops and talks, but more importantly, because it reminds us that however isolated we may feel, our two schools are only a few steps apart.
Here’s how it works: After dinner, medical and nursing students sit facing one another around a ring of tables. One group shifts by one seat every few minutes, speed-dating style. On the tables, we put out question cards prompting students to compare their training programs, career goals and visions for interprofessional cooperation
. The Meet-and-Eat is a safe space for students to ask questions about health care professions other than their own and to begin exploring the intersections of their different roles. We also ask students to reflect on interprofessional communication, both good and bad, that they have observed. We try to emphasize the goals that unite us — our passion for patient care and our hopes for the U.S. health care system. We then come together for a group discussion, which helps us to process what we’ve learned and set educational and advocacy goals for the coming year.