IPTV program seeks adults age 50+ for virtual health management visits

The Wayne State University Interprofessional Team Visit (IPTV) virtual home visit program fosters a collaborative approach to patient care — and interprofessional learning for students in health professions. 

IPTV crew in action
Previous IPTV volunteers from left: Clifford Lyons, occupational therapy; Dr. Esther Coleman, adult volunteer; Daha Roumayah, U-D Mercy dentistry; Lauryn Leflore, social work

The IPTV program is seeking adults age 50 and older to participate in one or two 60-minute virtual home visits. Adults must be living independently, will need a smartphone or computer, and should be able to use Zoom or a similar video conferencing program. Please share this opportunity and the links below with anyone 50+ you feel may be interested! 

Participant interest form (Qualtrics)   

Program description (PDF)

The longstanding IPTV program introduces Wayne State’s social work, medical, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy and physician assistant students (as well as University of Detroit Mercy’s dental students) to team care for adults. Students learn how to assess an adult’s health and social needs and to participate in an interprofessional team environment. Originally developed in 2010 by WSU School of Medicine Associate Professor Emeritus Jennifer Mendez and WSU Applebaum Professor of Pharmacy Mary Beth O'Connell, IPTV utilizes a holistic patient care method that utilizes the unique skills brought by each participating allied health care professional on the team.

Teams of three students from two or three different disciplines will conduct an hour-long virtual home visit of each adult participant in September-October or January-February. During the virtual home visit, students ask questions about daily activities, nutrition, medications, family health and social supports.

The adults appreciate the time they get to teach students, not only about their own health but what it means to have a health care practitioner who is caring and willing to do virtual home visits for those who may be homebound. Some adults report they also see a benefit for themselves.

If you are interested in becoming a teacher of health care students or would like more information about the program, please fill out the participant interest form linked below or write to Clinical Associate Professor Aline Saad or Associate Professor Emeritus Jennifer Mendez.

Participant interest form (Qualtrics)    Program description (PDF)


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