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UMB President Featured in Baltimore Sun and Comcast Interviews Discussing Interprofessional Education and Collaboration

In two recent media interviews, the president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), Jay A. Perman, MD, has continued to discuss his vision for interprofessional education and collaboration and why he believes that patients ultimately will benefit.

In a Jan. 4 story titled "New UMB President Pushes Collaboration in his Pediatric Clinic," Baltimore Sun higher education reporter Childs Walker describes the President's Clinic in which he sees patients every Tuesday afternoon at the University of Maryland Medical Center along with students and faculty from all of the campus' seven schools and there is a dialogue about the patients.

Walker reports, "Conversations like this happen every day in teaching hospitals around the country. But this one is different because [Bryna] Shmerling is not training to be a doctor or nurse. She's a second-year law student. Her peers around the table include an aspiring social worker, a future dentist and a pharmacy student. This blending of disciplines represents Perman's vision for a university that has long been known as a collection of independent fiefdoms.

"He believes that if students from different schools watch one another in action, they will gain greater understanding of each discipline's value to a given case. In turn, he believes patients will receive more comprehensive care, though he acknowledges a lack of studies demonstrating this benefit."

Walker's story can be read at: "http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bs-md-umb-presidential-clinic-20110104,0,298986.story".

Similarly, Perman was asked about his push for collaboration during his Comcast Newsmakers interviews that are airing on Comcast's service area throughout Maryland. The first segment was an introduction of the campus and the second segment focused on collaboration.

Perman has appointed representatives from each of the schools to participate on the Interprofessional Education Task Force (see members here). Patricia Morton, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN,, from the School of Nursing, and Edward Pecukonis, PhD, MSW,, from the School of Social Work, are the co-chairs of the task force that is charged with creating or broadening existing opportunities for interdisciplinary education.

Posting Date: 01/10/2011
Contact Name: Ed Fishel
Contact Phone: 410-706-3801
Contact Email: efishel@umaryland.edu