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The Sunshine ERC Student Association's Interdisciplinary Site Visit to Tampa Bay Downs - 2012

In April, 2012 the SERC students in the Occupational Medicine Residency Program visited Tampa Bay Downs, as one of their weekly seminars. The site visit was led by Sister Sara Proctor, PA, and Coordinator of Catholic Mobile Medical Services, who works with other volunteer health care professionals to provide a weekly free health clinic and an annual health fair for the people who work 'behind the scenes' at Tampa Bay Downs. The Sunshine ERC students were introduced to the many different occupational health issues facing race track workers, including: muscular strains/sprains; falls; confined spaces of the starting gates; exposure to temperature extremes; exposure to bioaerosols; respiratory problems; and cardiovascular health issues. Sister Sara Proctor, PA, also shared her insights regarding the many challenges which she faces as a Physician's Assistant in terms of providing low cost, quality health care to these workers who often face a number of barriers to obtaining health care (lack of transportation, insurance, and inability to speak/understand English). To learn more, students may wish to view the following websites:

An Overview of Safety and Health for Workers in the Horse-Racing Industry

Safety and Health in the Horse-Racing Industry

Sen Tom Udall Pushes for National Standards to Protect Jockeys, Horses

Safety Concerns Shadow Horse Racing