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PT and Pharmacy Students Team Up For National Fall Prevention Awareness Day

Published on October 22, 2019

Fall Prevention Awareness DaySixty-seven physical therapy and pharmacy students along with 18 students from USciences’ student chapter of American Society of Consultant Pharmacists collaborated for an interprofessional Fall Prevention event on September 19, 2019, at the Ralston Penn Center for Geriatric Medicine on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Fall Prevention WorkshopStudents provided fall screenings and medication counseling to community-dwelling older adults.  This event took place in coordination with the national Twelfth Annual Fall Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD), which occurs around the first day of autumn across the county.

Students said the experience taught them a lot about patients and their health care colleagues. 

“Working as a team with physical therapy students showed us how we can provide complete care and peace of mind to patients who are worried about falling," said Nicholas Ferraro PharmD’20. “It was a very rewarding experience to give some peace of mind to patients who truly showed appreciation for the effort we were giving to them."

The sessions with each patient were not long, but students said they believe they provided a lasting impact.

Fall Prevention Awareness Day“Communication not only needs to occur within a profession but also between different professions to ensure optimal care,” said Peter Ng DPT’21

Faculty participants included Carol Maritz PT, EdD, professor of physical therapy, Shaun Varrecchia assistant professor of physical therapy, Woei-Nan Bair PhD, assistant professor of physical therapy, and Laura Finn BCGP, adjunct associate professor of pharmacy practice and advisor to student ASCP,  and Sondra Shultz P’79, experiential field supervisor in the pharmacy department.

“Fall Prevention is a critical national concern and represents a wonderful opportunity for our health care majors to work together” according to Finn.

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