Navigating the Healthcare Provider Experience: Conversations with Inglis Residents

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First-year PA students spend the morning with residents of Inglis House, a long-term care facility which supports the well-being of adults with disabilities. Small group and one-on-one exchanges allowed for frank discussions about the challenges residents face living with disabilities, often compounded by medical conditions. Students learn directly from residents about their patient care experiences while navigating through the healthcare system. Students have the opportunity to practice listening skills and to identify challenges providers may encounter in reducing barriers to health and wellness as advocates for their patients. During the visit, students are given exposure to the adaptive technologies which allow residents to maximize their independence while pursuing vocations, hobbies, and advocacy work for those living with disabilities. Students are grateful for the privilege of getting to know some of the residents and are inspired by their stories.