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Jasmine L. Garland McKinney, second year CED doctoral student, has been selected to serve on the Planning Committee for an upcoming workshop: Exploring the Role of Health Professional Students and Trainees as Members of the Health Workforce.

The Planning Committee was formed as part of the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education through the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Among other work, the group is planning a workshop series centered around students’ experiences as members of the healthcare workforce.

As the only student member of the planning committee, Jasmine also serves as the liaison to the student subgroup, made up of representatives from various healthcare settings (e.g., mental health, optometry, nursing, dentistry, medical students/residents), and communicates their ideas to the planning committee. Learn more about the forum and The National Academies here.

When asked about the most exciting part of this opportunity, Jasmine replied, “This opportunity provides a foundation for continuing my efforts related to increasing interdisciplinary collaborations among medical and mental health professionals. I am honored that I was chosen to contribute my ideas and the ideas of other students as a member of the planning committee. I will be working alongside physicians, nurses, professors and other distinguished academic and clinical professionals and I am excited for the critical dialogue that I know will occur as a result of these collaborations.”

Jasmine’s daughter Blake is pictured with her in the image above — she is a primary inspiration to Jasmine’s research, clinical, and scholarly goals.