The Provider Shadow Program (PSP) is a novel educational program developed by Leonard A.Valentino, MD, Medical Director of Rush Hemophilia & Thrombophilia Center, a federally funded hemophilia treatment center (HTC) in Chicago which provides comprehensive, specialized care for patients of all ages who live with bleeding and clotting disorders. With the support of a grant from Baxter Bioscience to the Great Lakes Hemophilia Foundation, the Provider Shadow Program grew out of Rush HTC’s commitment to excellent clinical care, research, and teaching. PSP was designed to offer this experience to health professionals who are either new or who are seeking an introduction to salient issues fundamental to practice with patients with hemophilia and related bleeding disorders. Participants enrolled in PSP are granted support for transportation, overnight lodging for one night at the Marriott Hotel Northwest, and educational materials. PSP is coordinated by Ms. Kimberly Williams and John C. Urgo, RN, BSN of Rush Hemophilia & Thrombophilia Center.
The structure of the PSP program includes a (Wednesday) classroom component, which is relaxed, inviting, interactive, and includes learning opportunities with key members of the multidisciplinary medical team at Rush HTC. A networking dinner on Wednesday evening with team members follows. To enhance the participants’ learning experience, the classroom is complemented with a clinical observation experience during a Rush HTC Comprehensive Bleeding Disorders clinic on the following day at our Hoffman Estates satellite office.
Participants of the PSP program are varied and have included hematologists, other physicians, medical students and medical residents, nurses, social workers, and HTC administrators. In order to continue to respond to the strong interest in the PSP program, a third year of funding was obtained by the Great Lakes Hemophilia Foundation to allow the PSP program to continue in 2011. In addition, in response to the strong interest in PSP, two specialized versions of PSP were developed, one for dental health professionals and a second version for social workers. These programs will allow for socialization with other practitioners new to the HTC setting, along with information needed to prepare practice specific to this discipline with the HTC setting.
The PSP social work version is tentatively scheduled for May 11 & 12, 2011. In addition to a hematology overview, it will include an introduction to the role of the HTC nurse, and include issues such as the importance of the nurse and social work relationship, the role of the HTC social worker, home pharmacy advocacy, a model school visit, issues for girls and women with bleeding disorders and case examples. New HTC social workers or social workers in HTC settings who are interested in received an overview of HTC social work practice may sign up for the PSP social work program by completing the information below: