The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

1997 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

Designing and Implementing a Multicompetent Curriculum; Part 2 of 5 Part Series: 'Wellness and Disease Prevention Curricula'

Bill Galvin, MSEd, RRT, CPFT, Tuesday, December 9, 1997.

Health care delivery is experiencing tremendous change and upheaval. Hospital departments are in the midst of downsizing, rightsizing, re-engineering, restructuring, etc. Educational institutions are certainly aware of the changes, however, are they really modifying their educational processes? Are they rethinking and redesigning their curriculum? Are they assessing their program structure and purpose? Does the RCP graduate possess the knowledge, skill, and ability to function in this new environment? Are the schools responding to the needs of the RC provider community of the 21st Century?

These are all critical and inciteful questions and in an attempt to address these issues, the education section is revisiting the issue of a multicompetent curriculum. While the intention of the symposium is to assist in designing and implementing a multicompetent curriculum, the purpose of this presentation is to address the curricular needs of the RCP with regard to wellness and disease prevention. The presenter will specifically address: (1) issues related to curriculum revision in general, (2) wellness needs of respiratory care providers in today's changing health care environment, and (3) how to incorporate wellness into the curriculum. The presentation will stress the importance of wellness in a managed care environment and the new roles and responsibilities of the RCP of the 21st Century. It will "make a case" for wellness by identifying key curricular issues, such as; longevity, life expectancy, the leading behavioral causes of death, the multiple dimensions of health, the determinants of health status, and the pivotal concepts of individual responsibility and the influence of cultural norms. Additionally, it will address the key components in actual wellness program development and the role of the RCP as educator, facilitator, and counselor.

The presentation will conclude with a discussion of how to incorporate a comprehensive wellness component into the curriculum. A variety of options will be provided with emphasis placed on assimilating essential and practical components within existing and future program designs (associate and baccalaureate models).

If you are considering incorporating wellness and disease prevention into your program model, this presentation will be beneficial in identifying different options. We look forward to having you join and participate in the dialogue.

AARC 50th Anniversary, December 6 - 9, 1997, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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