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UMB Establishes Interprofessional Education Center, Holds Campuswide IPE Day

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is establishing a Center for Interprofessional Education (IPE) to see that students learn and work together across disciplines, fulfilling a key aspect of the University's 2011-2016 strategic plan.

President Jay A. Perman, MD, has named School of Nursing Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, as the center's director. In that role, she recently presided over a gathering of faculty members representing multiple Schools and a panel of fellow deans held at the School of Pharmacy.

The purpose was twofold: looking forward to implementation and looking back on an inaugural day of IPE education that had just taken place.

On April 10, groups of students from the six professional schools of the University (dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work) experienced collaboration with those in other professions, supporting a team approach to the maintenance of health, treatment of disease, and development of public policy. Collaboration is one of the University's core values.

Multidisciplinary teams of faculty members guided them through complex scenarios such as "Staying Alive," an exercise conducted at the UM Carey School of Law that centers on opioid overdose, and "Crossing the Line," a case staged at the School of Dentistry in which a boy's broken teeth may be a clue to child abuse.

Members of the IPE Task Force were heavily involved in the planning and execution of IPE Day. To find descriptions of the IPE scenarios and updated resources, go to the IPE guides maintained by the University's Health Sciences and Human Services Library.



IPE Day took place shortly after another opportunity for students to work together. The 2013 Interprofessional Patient Management Competition drew participants from all of the schools at UMB.

Posting Date: 04/17/2013
Contact Name: Patricia Fanning
Contact Phone: (410) 706-7946
Contact Email: pfanning@umaryland.edu