April 24, 2015 | 1 Comment
Campbell University’s health programs are built on interprofessional education. Students in different health programs learn, study, and prepare for their future careers alongside each other. This mirrors today’s changing health settings, which are becoming increasingly collaborative and patient-centered in order to improve health outcomes.
Adriana ’14 and Marcos ’13 Rosado, of Dunn, North Carolina, epitomize the interprofessional model. They are sister and brother -- one year and 11 days apart in ages -- and both are students in health programs at Campbell. She is a first-year Doctor of Physical Therapy student, and he is a second-year Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine student.
They both also received their undergraduate degrees from Campbell—she in athletic training, and he in chemistry with a minor in biology. She plans to eventually be a physical therapist specializing in pediatrics and working in a rural community in North Carolina while continuing to be a certified athletic training, and he is eye-balling a medical career in general surgery or internal medicine.
Though in different programs and with different career goals, they’re “bouncing things off each other . . . about a couple times a week,” Adriana says.
That’s useful, Marcos adds. “We know different things and come from things with a different perspective. That allows us to help each other out.”
It is also preparing them for today’s health environments. “Interprofessional education is super important, especially now that health care is changing,” Adriana says. “You have to work with other healthcare professionals.”
“It’s really nice that Campbell has all these health programs here together,” Marcos adds, “so we can learn how to work with each other before we get out there and practice.”
Adriana and Marcos talked to Campbell.edu about why they chose Campbell for their undergraduate and graduate studies, why they are entering health fields, and what they have learned from each other. The following is a condensed and edited interview with them.
You both are pursuing careers in health fields. Adriana, what led you to choose to pursue physical therapy? And Marcos, why medicine?
Adriana: Our mom began her career as a physical therapist. As an athlete in high school, I also got injured a lot, and I had to do a lot of physical therapy myself. It interested me that I could help people who are injured or who have a condition and need help restoring movement.
Marcos: Our dad is a doctor – an anesthesiologist. I wanted to do something that ended up with me being his equal, and I have always been eyeballing medicine as a result. I went to college with the goal to put myself in a position to get into medical school. It has been different from what I expected.
Marcos: It’s one thing to watch the doctors on TV and to visit a doctor and have one see you, but it’s another thing to actually be the doctor. You’re in a completely different position of responsibility. The things you have to know and do – I didn’t know half of things we were doing and the process behind it. I had to teach myself how to think in a whole different way.
How did you end up at Campbell?
Adriana: I have a 7-year-old son, so to be able to commute from home [in Dunn] was a big thing for me. I also liked that Campbell was a small school with small classes. I was able to have a more personal relationship with the professors.
Marcos: I spent two years at UNC-Chapel Hill before transferring here. I wanted to have the best chance to get into Campbell’s medical school. Plus, I took a summer class here, and I liked the smaller setting. There are some bigger classes here; but over at UNC-Chapel Hill, you are in these 300 to 400 people classrooms.
Why did you choose to stay at Campbell to pursue your professional degrees? Did you consider other schools?
Adriana: We both looked at different programs; but once I had my interview, this was where I wanted to be.
Marcos: I took a risk in coming to a brand new school. When I was applying, I had no idea who the faculty were going to be, and there were no upperclassmen. But I knew I would get a good education and preparation.
How did your undergraduate experiences at Campbell prepare you for your professional studies?
Adriana: As an athletic training student, we learned about the injuries, how to evaluate athletes who were injured and how we could help with the rehabilitation process. Now that I am in physical therapy school I an learning a lot of the same things but instead of it being brand new, I get to practice what I’ve already learned and make my skills better. Athletic training also prepared me for the real world and how much work it takes to do the things you are passionate about. These are very important assets that will help me in physical therapy school and in the future with my career.
Marcos: It prepared me for the work load. What makes medical school difficult is not necessarily that the material is hard, but there is a lot of volume you need to learn in a seemingly short amount of time. Taking difficult courses like Physical Chemistry helped to challenge me and teach me how to approach and understand complex concepts. Other classes in my major such as Organic Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, and Advanced Physiology helped to set up a good foundation of knowledge to be expanded upon in medical school.
What did you take away from those experiences?
Adriana: As an athletic training major, I loved being able to work with the athletes on campus. They appreciated our job and they know that we are important. It showed me that if I treat my patients like I treated my athletes, patients will respect me.
Marcos: They gave me a good base of knowledge, which definitely prepared me for graduate level knowledge.
How would you describe your relationship?
Marcos: It’s horrible! We hate each other. [Laughing]
Adriana: We like to bounce things off each other. If I learn something, I ask if he’s ever learned it; and if he has questions about injuries, since I have a background in athletic training, he’ll bounce it off and ask me about it and see if what he was thinking was correct. I do the same thing with him, because we have different thought processes and different ways we would treat a patient.
Marcos: It’s useful. We know different things and come from things with a different perspective. That allows us to help each other out. I have been doing a lot of studying for boards lately, for example, and I was going through the musculoskeletal section. One of the questions was about all the special tests you do during the physical exams. I barely recognized half of them, so I took them to my sister and I asked her, “What are these tests?” She was able to tell me about all of them because she learned about them in athletic training and she’s going through them again as a PT. She was able to tell me what the tests are and their purpose and help me figure out the answer to the question.
Adriana: We’re bouncing things off each other like that about a couple of times a week. When I learn something new or don’t know something, I go to him and ask. When we’re in our jobs, when we have any question or I’m not familiar with a certain condition, I will be able to ask him and he’ll be able to tell me about them and help me apply it.
Sounds a lot like interprofessional education.
Adriana: Definitely. Interprofessional education is super important, especially now that health care is changing.
Marcos: It’s becoming more team-based.
Adriana: Yes, it’s patient-centered and team-based. You have to work with other healthcare professionals.
Marcos: It’s good to learn now about the growing role of PTs in care. It’s really nice that Campbell has all these health programs here together so we can learn how to work with each other before we get out there and practice.
When you two were undergrads, did you have any classes together?
Adriana: We took an anatomy class together and a statistics class.
Marcos: And a calculus class in the summer.
What was it like?
Adriana: I’m a big competitor. I wanted to compete with him, but he couldn’t care less.
Macros: That’s true.
Adriana: I would study really hard for tests, and I would get a B or C. He would study the night before, and he would get an A.
Marcos: Now I’ve forgotten all of it! [laughing] No, I’m just kidding.
Adriana, What should we know about Marcos? And Marcos, what should we know about Adriana?
Adriana: He’s a teddy bear guy. A lot of kids will be scared of him because he’s tall and big and looks tough; but he’s a super nice person and super funny and sarcastic. He’s a great guy who cares about people. He’s going to be a great doctor one day.
Marcos: My sister will be an OK PT one day. [laughing] No, really, she’s very enthusiastic and she enjoys what she’s doing. If you enjoy what you are doing, you are going to be better at it. She’s a hard worker, and that’s good a thing for her patients in the future. You want care providers who knows their stuff and who have put a lot of work into it. That’s what Adriana will be bringing. She’s also able to connect and communicate with people easily, and help them feel comfortable with rehabilitation.