PHOENIX – Hundreds of students from all three state universities will learn side-by-side about the realities of a health pandemic during an exercise set for Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon in Phoenix and Tucson.
The exercise, sponsored by the Interprofessional Education and Practice program at the University of Arizona, will bring students together in Phoenix and Tucson by video to make crucial ethical and logistical decisions in a disaster setting.
Students from the University of Arizona’s colleges of medicine, pharmacy, public health, nursing and law will join students from Arizona State University’s School of Social Work. Phoenix-based students from Northern Arizona University’s College of Health and Human Services will also take part.
In the scenario, a pandemic flu has broken out in Arizona and the future health professionals must address the threats and consequences of public health emergencies, underscoring the importance of collaboration across professional disciplines. Students will explore the complex social, psychological, legal and public health issues faced during a public health emergency.
More than 100 students will participate from the Phoenix Biomedical Campus – home to the UA’s College of Medicine – Phoenix, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, College of Pharmacy and NAU’s physician’s assistant programs. More students will take part at the UA campus in Tucson and will be linked to Phoenix by video conference throughout the exercise.
News media can park on site but must contact the College of Medicine – Phoenix Public Affairs office at (602) 827-2022 for instructions.
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Media Contact:Al Bravo, Associate Director, Public Affairs University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix 550 E. Van Buren St., Room 1263 Phoenix, AZ 85004-2230 (602) 827-2022 (office) (480) 329-8893 (cell)