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BENEDUM GRANT ALLOWS WVU PHARMACY, MEDICINE AND DENTISTRY STUDENTS TO BECOME THEIR OWN FIRST PATIENTS

Posted on 3/4/2013

HSC 2020 Strategic Plan Priority: Deliver high quality, effective patient-centered care

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Patricia Chase, Ph.D., dean of the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, is a big fan of the saying “practice what you preach.” She believes that healthcare professionals, be they pharmacists, physicians or dentists, should model the behaviors they prescribe to their patients.

For that reason, she is spearheading the establishment of the WVU Center for Healthy Practitioners, which will train students in the WVU schools of Pharmacy, Medicine and Dentistry in an inter-professional disease prevention model based on personal behavior change. With this education, students will be able to effectively educate and influence their future patients.

The Center for Healthy Practitioners will build off of the School of Pharmacy’s My First Patient program, which Dr. Chase implemented in 2006. The program begins with all first-year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) students undergoing health screening and counseling aimed at improving their health status in the School’s Health Education Center. Each student identifies a goal that he or she wishes to achieve, such as losing weight, beginning an exercise plan, or quitting smoking. In doing so, the students become their own first patients.

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