Deaf strong hospital
9:00 AM: Deaf community volunteers arrive at the Atrium in the Medical School.
9:30 AM - 12:45 PM: Continental breakfast is served prior to training. Each volunteer is given a DSH scrub shirt to wear throughout the day. At the end of training, lunch is provided.
12:45 PM: First year medical students arrive at Case Method Room (large classroom) prior to start of DSH. Opening remarks and instructions are explained by the DSH organizers.
1:00 PM- 3:00 PM: Each medical student undergoes DSH experimental activities with one of three fictitious illness scenarios. The students use gesture, writing, sign language or request an interpreter (if available). There are no speaking in this exercise. In DSH Waiting Room, the students watch Deaf Receptionists fingerspell their names to be called to see a Deaf Doctor.
When students complete their DSH exercise, they are encouraged to review posters on the wall called, "History Through Deaf Eyes" and visit the educational exhibition booths to learn about Telephone Relay Services, Interpreting Services, American Sign Language, Deaf Culture and Deaf History.
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: The students return to Case Method Room to listen to a voice-interpreted lecture by Jessica Cuculick, MSW, MS.SEd entitled, "The Deaf Community and Healthcare."
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Medical students then go to their assigned rooms to debrief and share their experiences with a trained group facilitator. Feedback and evaluations are then gathered. One student commented,"This was GREAT! This was incredibly eye-opening experience!"
Thanks to nearly 30 members of the Deaf Community for making DSH possible. If you are interested in volunteering for DSH 2009 (early September), please contact NCDHR.