Heather Trudeau, MPAS, PA-C
Assistant Professor & Pre-Clinical Coordinator, Department of PA Medicine
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Heather Trudeau is physician assistant working as the Pre-clinical Coordinator and Assistant Professor for the developing Michigan State University PA Program. She is also serving as President of the Arkansas Academy of PAs. She previously was the Director of Admissions and Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where she also worked in family medicine and precepted students at a student-ran interprofessional free health clinic. Heather worked many years in family practice before transitioning to academia. Prior to becoming a PA, she worked as a registered dietitian in both dialysis and inpatient medicine settings.
Presenting at the Nexus Summit:
Using Interprofessional Simulation Education on Weight Bias to Influence Students’ Attitudes’ and Perceptions of Overweight and Obese Patients
Medical providers demonstrate weight bias (WB) to varying degrees, which negatively impacts quality of care and patient outcomes. WB is defined as the “negative weight-related attitudes, beliefs, assumptions and judgments toward individuals who are overweight and obese.” There are few established WB healthcare training programs. The objective of this study was to provide an interprofessional education (IPE) simulation activity, comparing its impact to a traditional style lecture on students’ weight-related attitudes and perceptions. 44 students from medical, pharmacy, physician assistant (PA…