UM Students Host Informational Conference on (TBI)

advocacy day

University of Montana students affiliated with the National Student Speech Hearing and Language Association (NSSHLA) hosted a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) event Friday March 6th as part of UM’s Advocacy Day.  The conference covered a broad range of interdisciplinary topics, making it a great opportunity for attendees to learn how TBI effects all aspects of health and patient care. The event was organized by Paige Morkid, a UM junior double majoring in Speech Language Pathology and Psychology. She is a board member for the NSSHLA, and is a big part of their advocacy efforts to educate and raise awareness of the program. The student group works diligently within the community, incorporating philanthropic work into their mission to aid in the professional development of future clinicians and the opportunities available to them. The event was chosen as the centerpiece for the group’s 8th annual Advocacy Day to help better educate future professionals on challenging cases they may face in the future that involve TBI.

The event included presentations from six different key note speakers, highlighting the many different ways in which TBI can affect a patient’s life. Presentations were made by:

  • Stuart Hall D., Professor of Physiological Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Jamie Miller, a current TBI patient who spoke on her experience, treatment, and recovery
  • Susan Ostertag PT, DPT,NCS, Dir. of Clinical Education, School of Physical Therapy
  • Trudi Fischer MS,CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Becca Robertson MSOT, OT/L, Occupation Therapist
  • Ian McGrane PharmD, BCPS, BCPP, Assistant Professor, Skaggs School of Pharmacy

Also in attendance were representatives from the Brain Injury Alliance of Montana, who oversaw a display and information table on brain injuries and the stories behind them.

The overall take-home message of the day was the importance of communication and integration between the many disciplines and health professions to ensure the best care for TBI patients. The day was packed with information and had a great turnout of students interested in a future in the medical professions. Paige and her team were very happy with the result and were so appreciative of everyone involved who made this event possible.

Contributed by Jenny Taylor, UM Neuroscience Ambassador

advocacy day flyer March 6th 2021, 11am to 3:45pm