RELEASE DATE: June 23, 2021
A UQOCS student-led telehealth outreach project was recently awarded funding from The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, whose mission is to promote humanistic healthcare.
Mentored by Dr. Kathy Jo Carstarphen, the team of medical students Tyler Kidd, Rana Mehdizadeh, and Taryn Lai, received the Gold Student Summer Service Fellowship to implement their service project addressing a public health need in an underserved community or population.
The grant award is to support students in The UQ Family Medicine Interest Group with continuing the work of the OMNI project at Ochsner Health. The funding covers the time invested by these students to train the patients on the low telehealth literate iPads, perform real-time tech support for patients as they log into the virtual visits, and perform student-led virtual visit encounters with an emphasis on disease education.
“This project addresses equity, community, access to care and improving health outcomes of vulnerable patients,” said Dr. Carstarphen. “Our student team is definitely developing the skills to become compassionate, relationship-centered physicians,” she added.
This project enables the UQOCS students to have a greater understanding of how to address patients’ needs in regard to limited health literacy and healthcare disparities during a pandemic. The funding supports student-run health education telehealth sessions with patients, while teaching engaging learning and autonomy.