University of Kansas Medical Center’s Health of the Public (HOP) class gives students hands on experience with population-based health projects. Lead by Drs. Ellerbeck and Richter, the class is completed by every fourth year medical student. In April 2007, four HOP students chose KUCTT as their practice-based learning and improvement setting. Under Dr. Nelson’s guidance, medical students Jessica Gannon, Christy Jansen, Michael Lewis, and Paul Nioce focused on the Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) telemedicine clinic.
The ADHD telemedicine clinic is a school-based telemedicine program that provides state-of-the-art ADHD evaluation by developmental pediatrician and child psychologist. The program uses telemedicine to link to TeleKidcare schools across the state. KUCTT researchers are evaluating the providers’ adherence to national guidelines for ADHD evaluation as well as participant perceptions of the clinic.
The HOP students visited with veteran telemedicine nurses Kathy Archer, RN, and Windy Garrett, RN. This gave them a better understanding of the school side of telemedicine and the children served everyday in Kansas City, Kansas schools. They shadowed the interdisciplinary ADHD telemedicine clinic to learn more about team-based evaluation over televideo.
Finally, the HOP students reviewed interviews to identify themes across parents and school personnel about the ADHD clinic. The findings to date were overwhelming positive about the telemedicine experience (see presentation). The HOP students gave their presentation and poster session on April 20, 2007. They report that the experience increased their interest in using technology in practice as they start diverse residencies in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.