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Center for IPE Expands Reach in 2014

Leaders in interprofessional education (IPE) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) recently gave students and faculty several key opportunities to improve their skills in working across disciplines.

The most far-reaching of three events intended to strengthen collaboration drew hundreds to the University's second annual IPE Day, held Feb. 19. Students from all seven schools at the University solved thorny case studies that were presented by interdisciplinary faculty teams during 11 scenarios centering on ethics. A photo gallery shows activities during many of the scenarios, including several that unfolded with the help of actors known as standardized patients.

In the photo above, the standardized patient is an expectant mother, left, who consults with members of the family's health care team. They are, from right to center, students Erin Kukay of the School of Nursing (SON), Emily Brown of the School of Medicine's genetic counseling program, and Lauren Haggerty of the School of Pharmacy.


More than 500 people attended, including 40 faculty members and students from UMB facilities at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md., and participants from other institutions. The theme, ethics, was also the topic of a keynote speech by a guest lecturer. SON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of the University's Center for Interprofessional Education, spoke about the launch of the center, which was established in November in keeping with UMB's 2011-2016 Strategic Plan.

Other campuswide IPE events will be held soon:

  • On April 16, the inaugural interdisciplinary campus-wide seminar, "Not Quite What They Were Planning: Evaluating Unintended Consequences of Prescription Medications," is scheduled at 4 p.m. at the SON. University President Jay A. Perman, MD, will give introductory remarks on the importance of interdisciplinary research and collaboration.

    Keynote speaker William Cooper, MD, MPH, is the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy at Vanderbilt University. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from all six professional schools at UMB will be engaged with a researcher whose work has influenced global health policy.

  • On April 21, the annual President's Symposium takes place at 4 p.m. at the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center. IPE is the topic for this year's President's Symposium and White Paper Project, conducted by an interdisciplinary group of students who are selected annually to participate in a yearlong conversation on a topic of interest to the University.

    The fellows will present their findings on effective ways for the University to integrate IPE into its curricula and/or cocurricular activities. As part of their research, they conducted a survey to gather views and information about IPE from stakeholders on campus. Perman, who has made IPE a priority, will speak. The event concludes with a reception.
The fellows are Tyler Coyle, MD, Graduate School/School of Medicine; Curtis Gallagher, Graduate School/School of Medicine; Alexis Gorden, MD, Graduate School/School of Medicine; Minerva Hughes, PhD, Francis King Carey School of Law, Jueli Li, School of Pharmacy; Vy Nguyen, School of Pharmacy; Kimberly Solovy, School of Social Work; and Kaila Williams, School of Social Work.

To prepare their white paper, which will be available in May, the fellows also drew from the presentations and scholarship of national leaders in interprofessional education who appeared during the Speakers Series.

The leaders include Kirschling, who completed a term that ended in March as president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing; Susan Meyer, PhD, associate dean for education and professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy; Carol Aschenbrener, MD, chief medical education officer, Association of American Medical Colleges, and the association's founding representative to the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC); and Madeline Schmitt, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP, professor emeritus, University of Rochester School of Nursing.

The most recent speaker was Barbara Brandt, PhD, professor and associate vice president for education, University of Minnesota, which hosts the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. This national coordinating center is supported by a federal grant to encourage collaborative practice and development of IPE nationwide at universities such as UMB.

The 2014 IPE Day activities were supported by a gift from Sylvia and James Earl, PhD, and the family's Helena Foundation. He is secretary of the Board of Trustees of the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, Inc..

Posting Date: 04/09/2014
Contact Name: Patricia Fanning
Contact Phone: 410-706-7946
Contact Email: pfanning@umaryland.edu