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November 2003 Issue

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Medicine, Pharmacy Join Together to Provide Care

Published November 2003

The volunteer groups from the College of Medicine and the College of Pharmacy, MedVoUC and PharmTOC, have joined together to provide acute medical care to the residents of the Drop Inn Shelter in Over the Rhine. The volunteers, all students, treat approximately 30 patients each week. Many are seen for pneumonia and other respiratory infections in the winter months. Students also perform routine procedures such as blood glucose checks and blood pressure checks. Flu vaccines are also given when available. This program, which began October 2, runs each Thursday night through March.

"This is a unique collaboration between the College of Medicine and the College of Pharmacy," said Bethanne Brown, RPh, visiting instructor of clinical practice at the UC College of Pharmacy. "This opportunity allows pharmacy students and medical students to begin interacting at the early stages of their careers to allow a better understanding of individual professions as well as improve communication between the professions, now and in the future."

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