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UW-Green Bay students take silver in state Healthcare Case Study Competition

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A team of UW-Green Bay students planning careers in health care finished second and claimed $2,000 in prize money at a statewide competition held Jan. 9 and 10 in Wisconsin Dells.

The UW-Green Bay team was one of eight finalists from private and public universities across the state to compete in the Interprofessional Healthcare Case Study Competition. Hosted by Wisconsin AHEC and the first of its kind in this state, the event challenged students to come together to address real-world problems.

In the assigned case study, a patient recently discharged from a hospital died upon readmission a few days later due to multiple errors in systems, processes, communication and transition of care to the community. The UW-Green Bay team was made up of students from three different disciplines, with a mix of traditional on-campus residents and online students living in northern and southeastern Wisconsin. Meeting for the first time in Wisconsin Dells during the competition, the Phoenix team successfully identified four core inter-professional competencies they felt healthcare pros needed to address and resolve in the case study: values and ethics; roles and responsibilities; interpersonal communication; and teams and teamwork.

Team members were Timothy Zietz (studying biology/psychology/pre-med), Sarah Sodemann (dietetics), and Lydia Ambrosius, Mary Lange and Sheila Hulce-Dittman (RN-to-BSN students in the Professional Program in Nursing). Associate Prof. Janet Reilly of Nursing recruited and mentored the team.

The competition field of eight teams was chosen from 17 that applied. Picking up cash awards in addition to UW-Green Bay were the first-place team from Milwaukee ($3,000) and the third-place group from UW-Stevens Point ($1,000), as chosen by an interdisciplinary judging panel from healthcare academia and practice.

AHEC (Area Health and Education Centers) is a non-profit organization funded primarily by federal and state appropriations. A nationwide network of programs for improving accessibility and quality of primary health care, it encourages universities and educators to partner in addressing local health care problems. The Wisconsin AHEC provided meals and lodging for students attending last week’s competition, along with opportunities to network with healthcare professionals from around the state.

In the photo above: The UW-Green Bay team included Prof. Janet Reilly, adviser, and students Tim Zietz, Sarah Sodemann and Lydia Ambrosius.

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