• Jesse Heaton

    Jesse Heaton

    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

    Jesse's Bio:
    I graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and am now in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program here at CSS. I played on the baseball team at CSS for four years. I was also a statistics tutor and currently work as personal care assistant in Duluth. I love the outdoors, hunting fishing, hiking, etc. While being at St. Scholastica I have noticed the “family” atmosphere and I am truly enjoying every second of it.

  • Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

  • Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

  • Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

  • Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

Interprofessional Veterans Health Panel

Yesterday, as the winter storm was beginning to roll through Duluth, I was sitting in Somer’s Main Lounge on the main campus with 18 of my fellow PT classmates, about 40 nursing students, and a surplus of faculty and staff from the college as well as the previously mentioned programs. We were attending a Veterans panel put on by the faculty of the College of St. Scholastica and our Interprofessional Veteran’s Health class faculty.

This course was organized following a $1 million grant that the college received to promote communication, advocacy, teamwork, and leadership amongst aspiring health professionals (such as myself in the DPT program) when caring for all patient’s, more specifically, our Veterans.

The panel consisted of 3 members who drove up from the cities. Two who were in the Navy and now hold positions that help advocate for Veterans and one who is in the national guard. They discussed many topics and overall gave the audience an in-depth perspective on the VA network in healthcare. A powerpoint helped guide the communication and it included topics such as: Resources, Healthcare and the VA, Service Connected, PTSD, Military Sexual Trauma, Rating Schedule for Specific Disabilities, Secondary Disabilities, Agent Orange, Persian Gulf, Iraq & Afghanistan. Throughout the presentation we discussed how there is a need for assistance during and after service as the military tends to magnify individuals’ issues, both good and bad (i.e. alcohol, prejudice, leadership, heroism).

Amongst all of the great information I received during this panel, what I took away was that communication and awareness are the keys to successful treatment of Veterans. Being knowledgable of the resources and knowing when and to whom to refer patients to is something that is invaluable to this population. It is also imperative, especially as a PT, to provide in depth, correct, and efficient documentation of treatment sessions with this population.

For those looking to get into the health field once in college, be sure to do some research into Veteran Healthcare because this is one population we owe greatly. By being knowledgable of their needs, we can help to advocate, communicate, and give the best interdisciplinary care for our Veterans.


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