CARE Fair teaches students to provide better patient care

November 13, 2013

The 2013 CARE Fair was held on October 18, 2013 at several Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) campuses across the state of Texas. The “CARE Fair” highlighted ways in which TAMHSC is teaching students to Critically Appraise Relevant Evidence (CARE)—a concept aimed at preparing graduates to provide exceptional patient care in an ever-changing health care environment. 

This new style of learning prepares students for the real world of health care delivery by teaching them to reflect on what they have learned, assess new research trends and determine a method of treatment for their patient.  This style of training represents an approach to health care education that challenges current tradition about the delivery of health education.

Dr. Brett Giroir, M.D., Interim Executive Vice President and CEO of TAMHSC provided opening comments at the CARE Fair and Dr. Danielle Ofri, M.D., physician and Editor-in-Chief of the Bellevue Literary Review, was the keynote speaker.

A poster competition at the CARE Fair gave participants the opportunity to present how current research, new teaching and learning activities, and other projects were able to achieve the CARE goals. Winners included:

Best Poster Presentation by Faculty of Research

 “The Journey of Critical Thinking And Evidence Based Medicine”-Litao Wang, Wei-Jung Chen, Suzanne Shurtz, & Phillips Nagsuk (Medicine)

Best Poster Presentation by Faculty of Research in a Classroom Application

“Association of Admission Variables & Health Sciences Reasoning Test (HSRT) in a College of Pharmacy”- Fadi Alkhateeb (Pharmacy)

Best Poster Presentation by Student in a Project or Activity

“Implications Of A Tech-Check-Tech Medication Verification Program In A Hospital Setting”- Maricela Villareal & Lisa Valdez (Pharmacy)

Best Poster Presentation of Student Research

“Quantitative Analysis Of automated Dispensing Cabinet Restocking Preparation Process Accuracy: Implications On Patient Safety And Pharmacy Operations”-Andrew Himsel & Doina Dumitru (Pharmacy)

Best Poster Presentation of Collaborative Reseearch

“Microscopic Changes Of Titanium Dental Implants Surfaces In Patients With Peri-Implantitis: A Retrieval Study”-Maria de Pilar Valderrama, Danieli Rodrigues, Thomas G. Wilson, Anie Thomas, Sathya Srihar, Arvind Adapalli (Graduate Research-Bioengineering)

Learn more about TAMHSC and the CARE initiative.

— Kendall Cherry