Health Professions

Grand Rounds Spinal Cord set for April 12

By Kate Hunger

The final Grand Rounds lecture this semester will focus on spinal cord injury.

The lunch hour talk is set for April 12 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., and will give attendees a full picture of the healthcare continuum a patient with spinal cord injury experiences.

Understanding how other health professions interact with patients and manage their care is crucial, said Martha Acosta, Ph.D., PT, GCS, assistant professor of physical therapy, who coordinates the Grand Rounds lectures along with Cheryl Burns, M.S., MLS (ASCP), associate professor and director of the Medical Laboratory Sciences master’s and bachelor’s programs.

“We said, ‘We can do one presentation after another, but it depends on the focus,’” recalled Acosta. “We said, ‘If we have to refer a patient out, I have to know who to refer to.’”

Acosta said she and Burns strive to choose diagnoses and conditions that receive care from the full range of health professions. In February, the Grand Rounds lecture was on diabetes and obesity.

“We try to pick something that more than likely they would receive interventions form all disciplines represented in the School of Health Professions,” Acosta said.

The lecture is held on the Long campus and is broadcast at the Greehey campus. Lunch is provided for those who RSVP.

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