I am Dr. Emily Flores. I am a pharmacist faculty member at the College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University. My role is global and rural engagement. And so I've gotten to be involved in planning this remote area medical event in Gray, Tennessee. With COVID-19. This year, we have gone from all of the patients come first thing in the morning to kind of spacing them throughout the day a little bit more. And we've gone from kind of a system where we had a lot going on at the front gate to a little more streamlined linear approach to that. So we have interprofessional student teams here today. And so they're made up of pharmacy students, medical students, and undergraduate students of different types and public health students. Some students from our college have clinical and rehabilitative Health Sciences, nursing students. So we have a lot of professionals represented.
These interprofessional teams are incredible because one, not only do we have the opportunity to serve the patients and the people of the tri-cities, we also have the opportunity to work together. So it's been really great as a faculty preceptor to see the medical, the nursing, the pharmacy students really come together for a common goal. And I think it's even more impressive to watch them come together in a realm that they're not comfortable. So right now I've got students in the dental tent, cleaning dental trays and participating in ways that they never thought would be possible. But still, they're serving the people here. And it's been really great.
We're definitely helping provide medical care to people that might not be able to afford it or have access to otherwise. It's great that students can work together interprofessionally and get this experience and hopefully implement that in their future practices.
Our students are, first they are helping with COVID screening at the front gate. And then after that they're helping with medication histories. Then we have students engaged in doing health screens, and those help screens help to refer patients to other community services or to see the doctor, the physician while they're here today. Just different things that they may not have planned on, but we can also offer them. We know that patients primarily come for dental or vision to our remote area medical event. But we also know that there's a lot of other things that we can help them with while they're here. So we want to optimize their visit make the most of what our community has to offer.
We're here with Generation RX, we're part of APHA and we're here just doing some rapid Naloxone training. It's the opioid overdose reversal medication. And we're just training the community on how to do that in case they stumble across somebody that's fallen into opioid overdose. So it's important for our region because in the past few decades, a few years, opioid overdose and opioid use has gone up. And it's important that people are trained so in case they have a family member or a friend, they are prepared to save a life if they need to, in the unfortunate event that somebody overdoses.
I think the neat part of this event is the variety that our students can see while they're working together. Everything that we're doing here is to try to provide care for that patient. Let them know that we support them. It comes out of our mission for rural and underserved, but also our mission includes team based care and innovative pharmacy practice. I think we're doing a lot of those things here too.