Simulation exercise helps students focus on interprofessional teamwork

A man suddenly slips and falls in the stands at a basketball game at Nicoson Hall. He groans in pain as concerned onlookers jump to action. Athletic trainers quickly take their places around the patient and begin calling out instructions to protect his spine and head.

The sequence of events that follows–from the ambulance ride to the emergency room to post-trauma care and communication between medical professionals–plays out in a tightly choreographed event as trained health sciences students at the University of Indianapolis participate in a simulated emergency response scenario. The exercise allows the students a “real-life” opportunity to implement the interprofessional and collaborative training that is integral to today’s trending model of healthcare.

There’s a big push in all of our professions to work more interprofessionally. By giving students the opportunity to do that, that helps them to be more prepared for fieldwork, clinicals or internships,” said Alison Nichols, assistant professor of occupational therapy, one of several faculty members who helped to organize the simulation.

The carefully designed simulation provided students of several disciplines–nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, psychology and social work–a chance to collaborate at all levels of an emergency scenario. In this case, the patient simulated a serious injury at a campus event and was transported from Nicoson Hall to the UIndy Health Pavilion before being treated in the UIndy Simulation Center. Students coordinated the entire emergency response and treatment plan.

“I was amazed at how important it was for us to speak with each other and to know what each other was doing at all times. By communicating with each other, we could avoid repetition and streamline things for the patient,” said Mimi Chase ’19, a graduate student in social work.

That collaboration is an integral part of the unique and innovative partnership between Community Health Network and the University. Through an interprofessional and team-based approach to learning, students enter the workforce with beneficial experience of collaborating with a variety of healthcare specialities to best meet the patient’s needs amid an increasingly complex healthcare system.

“You are teaching students to look outside the boxes of their professions and look at the other members of the team so that they understand each other’s roles,” said Gurinder Hohl, director, UIndy-Community Health Network partnership.

Hohl explained how that philosophy can impact patient outcomes in a medical setting. Both from the patient and provider perspectives, it’s in everyone’s best interest to reduce hospital readmissions, she said. Effective communication across disciplines helps to improve that workflow.

“When a team is patient-centered, the added impact is that the patients manage their health better because they have resources that have been arranged for them,” Hohl said. If you don’t have that team-based handover, there are lost opportunities for patient care.”

Paige Buddenhagen ’19 and Jamal Edwards ’19, athletic training, worked on the patient in Nicoson before the ambulance arrived. Edwards was responsible for the patient’s head, which involved calling out instructions to his colleagues as they loaded the patient onto a spine board to avoid further injury, while Buddenhagen coordinated an ambulance.

“I definitely liked seeing the transition from EMS to nursing and how that all works,” Buddenhagen said. “Recognizing and responding in an efficient manner is critical to the patient’s health.”

Once the patient was admitted to the hospital, occupational and physical therapy students had the opportunity to collaborate and evaluate the patient’s abilities and needs.  Social work and psychology students had new roles to play when alcohol turned up as a factor in the case. Carrie Dettmer ’18, a student in the accelerated nursing program, explained that the team setting gave her confidence.

“When I came upon a situation with substance abuse with this particular simulation patient, I knew that I had the backup of social work and psych coming in behind me,” Dettmer said.

Nurses collaborated with psychologists and social workers to determine the resources available to help the patient with addiction issues.

Michael Craven ’20, clinical psychology doctoral candidate, played the role of staff psychologist at the hospital during the simulation.

“It’s the direction healthcare is going. Being able to have practice, learning what it’s like to work side by side with physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, prepares us incredibly to be able to function in that environment,” Craven said.

Written by Sara Galer, Senior Communications Specialist, University of Indianapolis. Contact with your campus news.

Summer activities double on campus as UIndy expands outreach

The University of Indianapolis is buzzing with activity as summer camps, classes and conferences are in full swing this June. It’s part of the University’s broader goal to engage with the local community year-round by offering valuable campus resources for families, businesses and professional organizations.

Campers in the Radical Robotics Summer Camp made aerodynamic airplanes and rockets and heard from UIndy Director of Engineering Programs Jose Sanchez . The camp was offered in conjunction with the robotics team at Center Grove High School. (Photo: D. Todd Moore)

(Photo: D. Todd Moore)

Between June and August, the University will host dozens of events on campus. Conferences include Teach for America’s annual academy, Indiana Choral Directors Association Summer Conference, 4-H Leadership, National Association of Black Accountants Accounting Career Awareness Program (NABA ACAP), Melody Makers of Indiana and Nitro Circus. Summer camps focus on a variety of sports, including football, swimming, basketball and volleyball and subjects like math, writing workshops, robotics, art and multimedia game development. UIndy summer camps offer opportunities for second graders to grandparents.
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Poverty Simulation provides eye-opening perspective for students

Students from a variety of health disciplines learned firsthand recently the challenges faced by low-income families in a Poverty Simulation held on the University of Indianapolis campus.

Public Health students, in conjunction with the physical therapy program, participate in a Poverty Simulation on May 23, 2017. (Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis

The Poverty Simulation, organized by Anne Mejia-Downs, associate professor, and Julie Gahimer, professor, Krannert School of Physical Therapy, serves as an introductory activity to the Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) Service Learning Course. DPT students were joined by PT assistant, nursing and public health graduate and undergraduate students for the event. 

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Joy’s House day service opens UIndy location

Joy's House - webThe new Southside location of Joy’s House adult day service will open Monday in a renovated Castle Avenue house just steps from the UIndy Health Pavilion.

Joy’s House, an Indianapolis not-for-profit adult day service, will host a Community Open House on March 14 to celebrate the grand opening of the organization’s second location, Joy’s House at UIndy.

The event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. is a free opportunity for the public to tour the house at 1615 E. Castle Ave. and learn about Joy’s House activities and services for the elderly, the disabled and their families and caregivers. The organization’s mission is to help families stay together for as long as possible in their own homes, despite aging issues and life-altering diagnoses. Monday, March 7, will be the first day of business at the UIndy location.

The new site is adjacent to the campus of the University of Indianapolis and its Health Pavilion, a four-story facility that houses a Community Health Network physical therapy and rehab clinic along with UIndy’s academic programs in nursing, gerontology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, kinesiology, psychology and social work.



“We are grateful for the opportunity to expand our services and grow our partnership with UIndy at this newly renovated location just steps from the Health Pavilion,” Joy’s House founder and President Tina McIntosh said. “The proximity gives our Guests easy access to health and wellness services and creates robust volunteer and internship opportunities for UIndy students. We thank UIndy for believing in the Joy’s House mission, and we thank the University Heights community for embracing our presence.”

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Men’s team marks a century of basketball

1915 ICU basketball team - webThe 1915-1916 men’s basketball team was the first to represent UIndy (then known as Indiana Central University) in intercollegiate play. According to the university archives, pictured here from left are (front row) Ernest W. Emery, Fred Dennis, Allen Good, Merril Cummings, Will Morgan, (back row) Elmer Clyde Reidenbach, Coach Warren G. Bailey and Wilbur Montgomery.

Wednesday’s Pack-the-House Night will be a celebration of UIndy basketball and the university’s partnership with Community Health Network

Wednesday night is no ordinary occasion for the Greyhound basketball teams as they play their final games of the regular season.

A supersized crowd of alumni and other fans is expected for the annual Pack-the-House Night observance in Nicoson Hall, with dinner, kids’ games, facility tours, an iPad prize drawing and other attractions available across Hanna Avenue in the UIndy Health Pavilion.

MBB 100 logoIt will be Senior Night for the women’s team (8-19, 6-11 GLVC), which seems to be hitting its stride after winning two of its past three games. And for the men’s team (19-6, 13-4 GLVC), which has earned a first-round bye in the upcoming GLVC tournament, the game will cap the program’s 100th anniversary season.

That’s right: Although intramural hoops appeared earlier on campus, the 1915-1916 men’s squad played the first intercollegiate basketball schedule for the young institution then known as Indiana Central University.

There’s not a wealth of information about the team, but apparently they made an impression. According to author Frederick D. Hill’s university history Downright Devotion to the Cause, they were the first team to qualify for varsity letters (“C” for “Central”), although that decision was made retroactively in 1924. The coach, Warren G. Bailey, was a 1914 graduate and a history instructor. In addition to the players in the above photo, the book includes the names R. E. Kyman, Ralph Waldo Jr. and J.B. Good.

Click here for more information on Pack-the-House Night, which includes an open house at Community Health Network’s new physical therapy and rehab clinic in the Health Pavilion. Fans can register for dinner, the basketball games and other festivities at this link.

Special thanks to University Archivist Christine Guyonneau for her research.

Feb. 24: Greyhound hoops, tours of new clinic

UIndy Health PavilionThe UIndy Health Pavilion, which opened last fall at Hanna and State avenues, houses the university’s health- and wellness-related academic programs alongside the student and staff wellness clinic, the Psychological Services Center and Community Health Network’s newest physical therapy and rehabilitation clinic.

Annual Pack-the-House Night is an unofficial homecoming for alumni
and a joint celebration for UIndy and Community Health Network

The UIndy community and the general public are invited to join in a big night Wednesday, Feb. 24, featuring NCAA basketball action, a buffet dinner and tours of the UIndy Health Pavilion and its key tenant: Community Health Network’s new physical therapy and rehabilitation clinic.

There’s also a chance to win an iPad.

The occasion is UIndy’s annual Pack-the-House Night at Nicoson Hall arena, as the Greyhound basketball teams face rival Saint Joseph’s College in their final home games of the season. The women’s game at 5:30 p.m. will be preceded by a Senior Night ceremony. The men’s team, now celebrating its 100th anniversary, will play at 7:45 p.m., with halftime proceedings that include giveaways and special recognition of alumni and faculty accomplishments.

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Physical Therapy alumni receive honors



UIndy alumna Nichole Wilson, executive director of Sports Medicine, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for Community Health Network, is named among the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 2015 Women of Influence, recognizing 20 women from diverse fields who are shaping the state’s business, educational, artistic and philanthropic landscape. The honorees were recognized at a breakfast this week featuring an address by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann.

Dr. Wilson earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from the Krannert School of Physical Therapy in 2002 and 2006, respectively. Among other honors, she was named among IBJ’s Forty Under 40 in 2011 and received UIndy’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012. She serves on several community organization boards and also has been part of the joint team leading the partnership between the university and Community Health Network at the new UIndy Health Pavilion.

“In a remarkably short time, she helped put Community Health Network on the sports medicine map,” IBJ says. Read more here.

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Nat Grubbs, who earned his Master of Health Science from the Krannert School of Physical Therapy in 1992, recently received the 2015 Outstanding Physical Therapist Award from the Arkansas Physical Therapy Association.

Grubbs is a native of Monticello, Ark., and owner of South Arkansas Rehabilitation. which provides physical therapy, speech therapy, senior wellness, aquatics and sports health services.

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Social work master’s degree meets demand

New UIndy program to offer unique interdisciplinary environment

The growing Department of Social Work at the University of Indianapolis will take a leap forward soon with the addition of a master’s degree program that will prepare graduates for a broad range of high-demand careers.

Master’s-level preparation is becoming the standard for social workers in settings that include health care, education, the legal system, child welfare services, and mental health and addictions. UIndy’s Master of Social Work program will be one of few in the state.



Nationwide job growth in the field is projected at 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, with more than 100,000 new positions created. Demographic trends are driving the demand, department chair and Associate Professor Jeff Bryant said.

“Baby boomers are beginning to retire, and they will live longer and have more needs,” said Bryant, who has 25 years’ experience in social work. “This degree really is a great ticket to many different careers and opportunities.”

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Rally kicks off historic Homecoming week

pep rally cheerleadersCheerleaders stir up some Greyhound spirit earlier today during the Homecoming 2015 pep rally in the Schwitzer Student Center dining room.

Events to include football, fun, campaign launch, dedication ceremonies

Homecoming Week 2015 launched in full force today, kicking off a historic series of events that will include the public launch of the university’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, the dedication and ribbon cutting for the new UIndy Health Pavilion, the re-dedication of the renovated Krannert Memorial Library and naming ceremonies for the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences and the Strain Honors College.

There’s also a football game Saturday night, by the way, the focal point of a full day of fun and family-friendly events around campus.

The activity got underway today with a lunchtime pep rally featuring the Greyhound cheerleaders, the Crimsonettes dance team and introductions of this year’s Homecoming Court: Nicole Geoffrion, a senior Communication and Experience Design major from Acton, Mass.; Roshanne Smith, a senior Business Education major from Nassau, Bahamas; Tyler Smith, a senior Nursing major from Morgantown; Steven Freck, a senior Social Work major from Huntington; Michael Lea, a senior Exercise Science major from Elkhart; and Jason Marshall, a sophomore Political Science major from Spiceland.

The fun continues with a ComedySportz improv performance at 9 p.m. tonight, the Homecoming Carnival for UIndy families from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, and much more throughout the week. More information is here.

On a more serious note, two major events take place Friday: Read more

Fresh facilities, opportunities await students

The downtown skyline is clearly visible from the fourth floor of the new UIndy Health Pavilion, highlighting the university’s connection to the city.

Incoming freshman class sets records for size, academic success

Students returning to the University of Indianapolis for the Aug. 31 start of fall classes will find a campus – and a neighborhood – in transformation.



New facilities are just one sign of progress on a multifaceted development plan designed to boost quality of life in the University Heights area while keeping UIndy on the leading edge of innovation in higher education, President Robert Manuel said.

“The strategy developed by our university community already is proving successful in bringing new energy to this part of Indianapolis,” Manuel said. “Given the synergy between our work, related community development efforts and the planned bus rapid transit line that will connect us to other key sites in the city, we expect to see tremendous advancements over the next few years.”

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