Clinical and Interdisciplinary Education
The Paso del Norte region is federally designated as a health professional shortage area. The College of Health Sciences was established to respond to this shortage. Benefiting from affilitation agreements with over 400 local and national clinical training facilities, our students receive hands-on practicum experience and community engagement throughout their education.
To complement the practical experience offered by community partners through internships and clinical rotations, CHS faculty members frequently incorporate the use of simulation scenarios within their lesson plans, using technology available in the Health Sciences and Nursing Building’s state-of-the-art 16,000 square-foot Center for Simulation. Filmed simulated scenarios enable faculty to review and critique students’ problem solving skills, while simulated “Hospital Days” and other interprofessional learning experiences provide students with opportunities to work in multidisciplinary teams.
Faculty researchers in the College of Health Sciences investigating clinical education and professional development theory are contributing to the body of knowledge within these fields and have many specializations, including learning and simulation strategies; virtual technology and learning; interprofessional education; and the integration of Spanish into curriculum.
Faculty in the Clinical and Interdisciplinary Education research cluster are also members of the following communities of practice: Aging, Community of Engaged Scholars, Global Reach Community, Health-Focused Interprofessional Education, and Mental and Emotional Well-Being.
CHS Leaders in Clinical and Interdisciplinary Education
Dr. Dahlia Castillo
Director, Master of Occupational Therapy Program
Specialization: community engagement; global health guidelines
Communities of Practice: Aging
Dr. Cecilia Fierro
Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Specialization: virtual technology
Communities of Practice: Aging, Health-Focused Interprofessional Education, Mental and Emotional Well-Being
Dr. Bruce Friedman
Chair and Professor of Social Work
Specialization: Transdisciplinary practice, interdisciplinary health education
Dr. Patricia Lara
Clinical Assistant Professor of Speech Language Pathology
Specialization: interprofessional education
Communities of Practice: Aging, Health-Focused Interprofessional Education
Dr. Rhonda Manning
Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Specialization: clinical education
Dr. Celia Pechak
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
Specialization: linguistic competence; interprofessional education
Communities of Practice: Community of Engaged Scholars, Global Reach Community, Health-Focused Interprofessional Education
Dr. William Roberts
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Specialization: occupational therapy and health sciences education; culturally and contextually situated post-secondary curricula
Communities of Practice: Health-Focused Interprofessional Education