Meet IHS adjunct faculty Heather Duval-Foote. Heather is currently teaching IHS 3020 Survey of Human Disease and will be teaching IHS 2112 Introduction to Interprofessional Education and Practice in Health Care and IHS 2220 Cultural Competency in Interprofessional Healthcare in the second session of fall semester, which begins October 19. Learn more about Duval-Foote here:
What are your contributions to IHS, in terms of programmatic, courses, and overall expertise?
I believe I bring a lot of experience in regard to working with a wide variety of healthcare professionals. Throughout my career, in both the clinical and academic settings, I have been fortunate enough to work with individuals from many different areas within healthcare. I've worked collaboratively with Radiologists, Obstetricians, Gynecologists and Midwives, Physician Assistants, Emergency Department physicians and staff, Nurses, Surgeons and individuals in the Operating Room, Social Workers and Community Health Workers, as well as all areas within Medical Imaging as my clinical background is in Sonography. I enjoy sharing my experiences with the students in my courses regarding the Interprofessional Healthcare Team so when they are out working in their respective fields, they will hopefully have a good understanding of just how many individuals are directly involved in the care of the patients they treat.
How does your past or current professional life impact the way you teach IHS courses, and vice versa?
I think having worked in large healthcare settings, smaller private offices and a community health clinic provides me with many different types of experiences I can share with my students. I enjoy teaching IHS courses because the students are usually a mix of traditional students along with those who are already out working in their field and are furthering their education. I find that I learn something new with each group of students and I like to let them learn from each other's experiences. I love that the traditional students who aren't working in their chosen fields yet are able to learn from those students who already are. The traditional students also have information to share from other courses they have taken that allows for a dynamic learning experience for everyone! I really push the students to remember that the patient should be considered as part of the healthcare team and that patient "care" and the patient's experience begins from the first individual they speak to, which is usually the scheduling department. When I work in the clinical setting I find that I value each member on the healthcare team that much more because of teaching IHS courses and I hope to instill that same mindset in my students. I like to ensure that the students understand that there is an actual person attached to that "2:00" patient on their schedule.
What activities do you enjoy outside of work?
I enjoy spending time with my husband and son, who is a Junior in high school. We enjoy traveling and particularly enjoy a yearly trip to Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. We also love camping and we have a travel trailer and enjoy exploring the surrounding areas in it. We just went to Hocking Hills and did all of the major trails which was amazing! Our next trip is Petoskey, MI in early October to enjoy the fall leaves. This year I grew a cut flower garden for the first time and have started learning about floral arrangements, which has been very enjoyable. I also enjoy exercising and the Barre Blend workouts from BeachBody on Demand is currently my favorite. They are fun and uplifting which makes me really look forward to them each day!
What words of wisdom would you like to share with the students?
I would tell them to go after their dreams and goals even if the odds aren't in their favor and to strive to make a positive impact in the lives of every patient they come in contact with. A smile can go a long way when dealing with patients (or their family members) who don't feel well and are in the process of receiving potentially life changing news. You may be the only person that day who takes the time listen to them and doesn't treat them like they are just another number on a long list of patients to take care of.