UMB Seed Grant Supports Interprofessional Internship Initiative at the Universities at Shady Grove
A unique summer internship program established by the Universities at Shady Grove (USG)
and funded in part by the University
of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has enabled 12 students to work
across disciplines in a community setting.
Based at the Rockville, Md., campus where UMB offers a growing array of
programs, the eight-week internship was conducted within the Montgomery
County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Four graduate
and eight undergraduate students experienced interdisciplinary teamwork
by visiting several service agencies throughout Montgomery County.
One purpose of the seed grant from UMB's Center
for Interprofessional Education (IPE) was to encourage
collaboration, which is among UMB's
core values. The interns worked together on interprofessional
teams. At the same time, they were learning how to integrate services
for complex patient cases such as those that make up a portion of the
caseload at DHHS.
A multi-institutional faculty and staff work group developed and
implemented the internship. Heather
Congdon, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
(SOP); Joan Pittman, PhD, MSW,
LCSW-C, of the University of Maryland School of Social Work (SSW);
and Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN,
of the University of Maryland School of Nursing (SON), represented UMB and the schools' Shady Grove operations.
The group included Mary Lang,
MBA, of USG; Lynn Cook,
assistant director of the Shady Grove program in Public Health Science
for the University of Maryland, College
Park (UMCP); Diane Alonso,
PhD, of the Department of Psychology at the University
of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC); and Katherine Morris, MSW, LCSW-C, of the
UMBC Department of Social Work.
Morris also served as a faculty coordinator and, along with Ron Rivlin,
MEd, the DHHS coordinator, was one of two facilitators who oversaw
curriculum development and programs.
Participants, in the back row, left to right, are UMB students Sheheryar
Muhammad and Courtney
Bannister (SOP), Anna
Balakirsha (SSW), and Abaneh
Ebangwese (SON), who are shown standing with UMBC student Denis Escolero (Social Work);
UMB student Molly Vogel (SSW);
and UMBC student Brigitte Bard
(Psychology). In the front row, left to right, are UMBC student Christina Huynh (Social Work); UMCP
student Sara Torabian (Public
Health Science); UMB student Claire
Graham (SON); UMCP student Carol
Ferrebu (Public Health Science); and UMBC student Elisabeth Tiren (Psychology). The photo is courtesy USG Communications.
The internship began June 2 and concluded July 23 with presentations to
DHHS by the students about their experiences with the agency's
integrated approach and recommendations to help DHHS move forward in
expanding integrated services.
As Kristen Koehler, communications coordinator at USG, posted on its site,
they also reflected on what the internship meant to them. Some remarks
included: "It was truly an invaluable program. I am very grateful for
having the opportunity to learn about all of the services and resources
that are available right here in Montgomery County."..."It was an
incredible experience; I was able to understand what each discipline
does and how they can work together"...."This was an amazing
experience. I learned so much about the different disciplines and what
areas I can apply my skills to. It was a very rewarding experience."
At the conclusion of the student presentations, UMBC's Morris
reflected: "Our students were terrific, it was the first time we have
tried this and they have set the bar very high. They were enthusiastic
sponges that were willing to explore any opportunity and were able to
see how many services DHHS provides in the county and learn about the
department and numerous efforts at service integration. It was also
amazing to see how it expanded their thoughts about their own
professional opportunities and future goals."
Participating service agencies in Montgomery County were The Tree
House, Avery Road Treatment Center, Linkages to Learning, Child
Protective Services, and Men's Homeless Shelter.
UMB is among the University System of
Maryland institutions that offer programs at USG, and its schools
of nursing, pharmacy, and social work have expanded or have made plans
to expand opportunities for graduate students who wish to study in
UMB's Center for IPE, established in 2013 and directed by SON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN,
offered a series of seed grants to encourage faculty to propose and
conduct IPE initiatives.
The $9,000 seed grant for "Montgomery County Department of Health and
Human Services Interprofessional Summer Internship," was awarded to
Wiseman, SON associate professor and assistant dean for the nursing
program at Shady Grove, in collaboration with five interdisciplinary
Lang is chief strategy officer at USG; Alonso is UMBC senior lecturer
and director of the Department of Psychology's Shady Grove program; and
Morris is UMBC's program director of social work at Shady Grove.
Pittman is a clinical assistant professor at SSW and director of the
Master's in Social Work program at Shady Grove, and Congdon is SOP
assistant dean at Shady Grove and a co-director of the UMB Center for IPE.
|Posting Date: 08/14/2014
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