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Innovative Clinics: Documentary films created by 4th year students

Click on the individual titles below to view  the documentary films created by 4th year medical students.
These films are posted on Penn State Hershey’s media site and may require you to download Microsoft Silverlight to view.

Fall 2010

Neurology Walk-In Clinic  Filmmakers: Sook Yee Chan and Kesav Parvataneni 4th year students
Access to care is one of the central features of humanistic, or family centered care. In Central Pennsylvania, there are many shortages of physicians in important specialties, one of these is neurology. It’s very difficult for patients hoping to see a neurologist to see one in a timely fashion. To ease this challenge, the department of neurology, led by Stephen Ross, M.D., established a walk-in clinic. This film presents health professional and patient responses to this innovative approach to improving family centered care.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Family Rounds Filmmakers: Kevin Whitworth and Kristen Tobin, 4th year students
Communication with patients is a key variable in humanistic or family centered care. Historically, health care teams working in intensive care units communicate daily with one another about patient care during “rounds”. Professionals go from bed to bed, sharing information about patients. Typically, family members and patients are excluded from this process. Recently, there has been a movement to include families in rounds. At the Milton S. Hershey Penn State Medical Center, the NICU recently made this switch. This film presents the patient and health professional perspective on this innovative change.


Fall 2011

The PICC Line Project   Filmmaker: Lisa Bustin MSIV   Film length: 8.01
We are now discharging patients whom, twenty years ago, we might have admitted. Patients now have to partner with the medical system to manage aspects of their care. In the case of PICC lines, many patients leave the hospital expecting that a nurse will come to their home and manage the line, but in reality, patients must learn to clean the line and keep it flushed. In this film, three patients are followed, two of whom are followed from the hospital to their homes after experiencing an innovative teaching program in which patients are given a chance to practice flushing a line using a mannequin. Nursing and patient responses to the teaching technique are presented. The patient’s compelling stories are also evident, including one patient who’s experienced an amputation after a serious bus accident.

Patient Centered Care Leadership Rounds   Filmmaker: Benjamin Smith MSIV   Length: 10:57 
Six months ago administrators at Penn State Hershey decided to start visiting inpatients to learn the strengths and weaknesses of the care being delivered in the hospital. The project quickly expanded to include a large number of managers, both clinical and business. Now, teams of managers that include one clinical person and one business manager have been paired and are visiting patient rooms once weekly to learn from the patients. This film follows two such teams into patient rooms and we have a chance to learn about how the care is perceived, what teams learn, and how the project is making lives better for patients.

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