Kristen Sterba, PhD
Associate Provost for Students & Administration, Director Inst. Research, Policy and Accreditation
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Kristen Sterba, PhD serves as Associate Provost for Students and Administration at UAMS and has worked in higher education for 17 years. In her role, she oversees the Departments of Enrollment Services, Institutional Research, Policy and Accreditation, Campus Life, and Title IX/ADA accommodations. Dr. Sterba has a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and she has worked to enhance Interprofessional education at UAMS for basic science graduate students. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Drs. Neill and Sterba oversaw the implementation and organization of the student staffed 1-800 COVID Call Center.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

On March 13th, 2020 an academic health center suspended onsite classes due to the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the state. Faculty across 5 colleges (Nursing, Medicine, Public Health, Pharmacy, Health Professions) and the graduate school rapidly implemented alternative methods of instruction to complete coursework for the spring semester. The campus also delivers a 3-phase (exposure, immersion, competence) interprofessional education (IPE) curriculum that is a graduation requirement. Interprofessional simulation training is a core immersion phase activity.   Concurrent to suspension…
In response to the first positive case of COVID-19 in the state, an academic health center, instituted a 1-800 COVID-19 Hotline. The hotline provided rapid access to a health screening algorithm via a telehealth platform to assist the statewide community in understanding when they should access the health care system to seek testing or care for COVID-19 symptoms and where they could access these resources. Faculty and staff from the Office of Clinical Informatics and Internal Medicine (Division of Infectious Disease), Institute for Digital Health and Innovation, Information Technology, and…