Speaker Addresses Interprofessional Care

San_Diego_panoramic_skyline_at_nightAs the healthcare system in the United States continues to evolve, it is clear that care will increasingly be delivered via a patient-centered, collaborative, teambased approach. The healthcare team delivery model will encompass many professions, including optometry. How optometry fits into the team and how students will be prepared for interprofessional practice was the topic of Dr. John Tegzes’ presentation as he addressed the attendees of ASCO’s Annual Leadership Luncheon, which was held in San Diego in June. Dr. Tegzes focused on harnessing the skills and talents optometrists possess and applying them to patient-centered care in an increasingly interprofessional
healthcare system. Dr. Tegzes is a board-certified veterinary toxicologist and one of the founding faculty members and Director of the interprofessional education program at Western University of Health Sciences, which spans nine health professions