SEVEN DPT STUDENTS HONORED AS COLUMBIA COMMONS SCHOLARS

Posted by vanessa on May 11, 2018

Seven DPT students were among those who participated in a special ceremony on Tuesday, May 2 which marked the conclusion of the Columbia Commons Narrative Medicine program. 

This program brings together faculty and students from all eight professional CUIMC health schools to learn how to facilitate effective health care teams.  This is the seventh year of the campus-wide seminar which originated with a grant from the Macy Foundation and is now supported by the Columbia Commons: Collaboration Across Professions team headed by Rita Charon, MD, PhD.  The program aims to develop ways for people from multiple health care disciplines to work together.

The seminar addresses urgent questions about health, illness and care, and presents many different perspectives on these issues. The eleven week-long seminars focus on topics such as aging and the end-of-life; health care justice and care of the underserved; relationships and spaces of care; and spirituality and healthcare. Through small group work, the students develop narrative skills such as close reading, attentive listening and creative writing. In doing so, the participants develop trust in, and respect for, their colleagues. At the conclusion of the seminars, participants are designated “Columbia Commons Scholars. “

We congratulate the following DPT students who are now Columbia Commons Scholars:

Kayla Coutts (DPT II)
Jonathan Grace (DPT I)
Anna Easterling (DPT I)
Frances Jih (DPT II)
Shannon Joyner (DPT III)
Ralph Rodriguez-Torres (DPT I)
Kyle Zreibe (DPT II)   

The event featured reflections from many of the participants on their experiences. The commentaries were as diverse as the participants and ranged from traditional reflections to poetry.

Kayla Coutts, CUDPT 2019, commented on her experience.  “The seminar 'Relationships and Spaces of Care' allowed me to gain further appreciation for the importance of communication among healthcare professions in order to benefit patients. We all have individual goals, but we need to think about the overall goal for each patient and how we can help them get there. It is not just creating relationships with patients that matters, but creating relationships with our partners is just as needed.”

For more information on Columbia Commons, click here.

L-R: Kyle Zriebe, CUDPT 2019, Frances Jih, CUDPT 2019, Ralph Rodriguez-Torres, CUDPT 2020, Jonathan Grace, CUDPT 2020, Anna Easterling, CUDPT 2020, and Kayla Coutts, CUDPT 2019Columbia Commons Scholar Shannon Joyner, CUDPT 2018.







         



   

 
 

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