Tiffany Huitt, PhD
Director of Research and Assessment, Physician Assistant Studies
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Tiffany Huitt received a PhD in Neurobiology from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), and was a NRSA postdoctoral fellow at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She returned to UAMS in 2015 as faculty in the College of Health Professions (CHP). She serves as Director of Research and Assessment in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. Her current scholarship interests include assessing and developing novel pedagogical methods in medical and health sciences education. She has received the CHP Excellence in Teaching Award (2017), PA Faculty Teacher of the Year award (2018) and the Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award (2020).

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

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…