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“Patients First”: A Health Sciences evening of professional collaboration at St. Lawrence College


St. Lawrence College is pleased to present an evening of collaboration and learning for students in our Health Sciences programs. “Patients First”, to be held at SLC on January 30, gives students from professional health sciences programs a chance to learn from each other about the various ways all disciplines work together in
a health care setting to create better outcomes for patients.

The students are selected from various  years of our programs in Health Information Management, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Practical Nursing, and Medical Laboratory Science and Medical Laboratory Assistant /Technician. The evening includes two guest speakers from the Kingston General Hospital: Cynthia Philips, Manager, Interprofessional Collaborative Practice & Education, as well Doug Davey, Patient Representative, Patient and Family Care Advisory Council. During the evening students will have the opportunity to break into smaller, interdisciplinary groups to discuss the importance of  role clarification and collaboration.

“Research has shown that in the hospital and other clinical settings that patient outcomes are much better when the entire interdisciplinary  team, work together and communicates openly,” said Robin McAvoy, coordinator of the Medical Laboratory Science program and workshop organizer. “As students, it’s important to instill this philosophy while they’re early in their learning  with the hope that they’ll take these important lessons with them into their careers.”

“Patients First” will be held on January 30 from 6 to 9 pm, registration is at 5:30pm in Davies Hall. The evening includes special treats provided by students in our Culinary program.


Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291
Cell: 613-329-2451