March 13, 2020
More than 70 medical providers convened at the University of New England’s Biddeford Campus on Sunday, March 8, to partake in the fifth annual Clinical Anatomy for the Advanced Provider (CAAP) workshop, hosted by the University’s chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP).
The workshop is a way for first- and second-year College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) students to provide continuing medical education (CME) credits to nurses, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and other health care practitioners in the New England region.
The day-long workshop began with a lecture series on the respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary systems, as well as neuroanatomy, presented entirely by UNE COM students. Following the lectures, all attendees were invited into the University’s Donor Lab, where first-year COM students mirrored the lectures in setting up displays of the same systems in donor bodies.
Twenty first-year and eight second-year COM students presented at the workshop, as well as three third-year students who returned to contribute their clinical knowledge. UNE alum Pete Tilney, B.S., D.O. ’08, an emergency medical physician and director of quality assurance and performance improvement at Lifeflight of Maine, also attended the workshop and provided clinical supervision.
“This is an excellent opportunity for local providers to see clinically relevant anatomy and to correlate pathologies they see on a regular basis with a view inside the body,” said Kaitlyn De Stefano (D.O., ’22), co-president of UNE ACOEP. “For students, this is a unique opportunity to lecture and teach a large group in something we see on a regular basis.”
Jane Carreiro, D.O., vice president for Health Affairs and dean of UNE COM, said the workshop is a way for the University to give back to the community.
“This program is one more example of UNE's commitment to improving the health of our communities. It would not happen without the hard work and dedication of our medical students who present all the teaching and training in the workshops,” Carreiro said. “The positive response from our interprofessional colleagues grows each year, with this year having the largest attendance thus far.”