Ana Lopez


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My traineeship experience at The University of Arizona Pediatric Pulmonary Center has been truly amazing. I participated and observed in various interprofessional and family centered care clinics, including Cystic Fibrosis, Asthma, Severe Asthma, Sleep, Allergy and Children’s Rehab Services clinic. I had the opportunity to lead social work assessments addressing any needs or concerns that patients and families had during clinic visit and completed medical notes. I participated in various PPC lectures, researched articles related to the lectures and completed weekly self-reflection journals. I increased my community resources knowledge by visiting various community agencies such as Tu Nidito and Ronald McDonald house. I had the amazing opportunity to attend and participate at the annual Making Life Long Connection meeting (MLC) and meet other PPC’s trainees from various disciplines. I completed a patient case study and developed a needs assessment project that is aimed towards helping to prepare Children and Youths with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) for a successful transition from pediatric to adult care. I have created educational links that parents, patients and providers can use to help them prepare for transition at each developmental stage and posted them on the UAPPC website. As a young professional, I feel very privileged to have been offered these amazing opportunities in my career. This traineeship has helped me grow personally and professionally. I have a better understanding of the psychological challenges and needs of patients diagnosed with chronic illness. I learned how to be an effective patient advocate and improve patients and family’s quality of life. A personal highlight during my traineeship is that I have always struggled with public speaking and standing in front of audience. Thanks to everyone’s feedback and support at UAPPC I have overcome one of my biggest fear. This traineeship helped me go beyond my comfort zone and provided me with the opportunity to learn and grow. I will forever be thankful for my time at The University of Arizona Pediatric Pulmonary Center.