Deaf Doctor's Take on Anatomy: How to Effectively Interpret the Doctor's Appointment

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Presented By: Dr. Zachary Featherstone
Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020
Time: 6pm-8pm MST/8pm-10pm EST
RID CEUs: 0.2 PS

Workshop Description:

Ever feel awkward signing the 'birds and bees' of human anatomy? Ever wonder if your Deaf client understood the diagnosis and its pathology you just interpreted in the doctor's office? Did you ever experience 'hand arrest' (akin to cardiac arrest) when attempting to interpret a complex anatomical mechanism or physiology? Dr. Zachary Featherstone, a Deaf native-signer who is currently training at UNLV as a pediatrician after graduating medical school, will guide you on medical interpreting. In this workshop, Dr. Featherstone, along with the participants, will explore the human anatomy and its mechanisms and how to effectively illustrate the body into ASL. 

Workshop Objectives:

At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an increase in medical vocabulary
  • Demonstrate an increase in medical literacy
  • Demonstrate increased skills in illustrating human anatomy, its mechanisms, and common pathologies.
  • Articulate the inappropriateness of using our own body to interpret anatomy.


Presenter Bio:

Zachary Featherstone D.O. is currently training as a pediatrician at University of Nevada-Las Vegas School of Medicine. He graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science with a minor in Chemistry at his alma mater, Brigham Young University. Afterwards, he graduated from Pacific Northwest University-College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he was awarded Honorable Student Doctor of the Year and inducted into Gold Humanism Honor Society. Upon graduation from medical school, he did a gap year of research at Gallaudet University, focused on the correlation of health and the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing population before resuming his training at UNLV. He is Deaf native-ASL signer, born in a family with two other Deaf brothers.

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