2016-2017 Recipients

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has placed a high priority on interprofessional education (IPE), which is among the priorities of President Jay A. Perman, MD. For the third year, the University’s Center for Interprofessional Education has awarded seed grants to encourage faculty members to work together for this purpose. Five faculty teams from multiple schools have been chosen for work to be completed in 2017. A symposium to highlight each project is scheduled for Nov. 15, 2017.

Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of the Center for Interprofessional Education, would like to congratulate the five faculty teams that have been awarded 2016-2017 seed grants from the center.

Mangla Gulati, MD, CPPS, FACP, SFHM (SOM), received a $9,000 grant for Building a High Reliability Organization – Interprofessional Development for Safer Care. The team, consisting of Deborah Schofield, PhD, DNP, CRNP, FAANP (UMMC/SON), Alison Duffy, PharmD, BCOP (SOP), Emily Heil, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID, AAHIVP (SOP), and Kerri Thom, MD, MS (SOM), will develop a faculty development program to incorporate patient safety into daily care and to engage residents and students to assist in the design and implementation of this program to fully understand how to best engage and empower the learners who represent the clinical workforce of the future. Interdisciplinary relationship building will be accomplished through this initiative’s multiple teamwork opportunities and shared didactic sessions within the curriculum. To learn more, please contact Dr. Gulati at 410-328-7605 or mgulati@som.umaryland.edu.

Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, MA, BCPS, CPE (SOP), was awarded a $10,000 grant for Developing Active Learning for an Interprofessional Online Course on Palliative Care. Faculty members Nina Bemben, PharmD, BCPS (SOP), John Cagle, PhD (SSW), Delia Chiaramonte, MD (SOM), Karen Kaiser, PhD, RN (UMMS), Kashelle Lockman, PharmD (SOP), Michelle Pearce, PhD (SOM), Douglas Ross, MD (SOM), Leah Sera, PharmD, BCPS (SOP), Kathryn Walker, PharmD, BCPS, CPE (SOP), and Debra Wiegand, PhD, RN (SON), will collaborate on an online Master of Science program in palliative care. Selected introductory courses will be offered to students at the schools of medicine, pharmacy, nursing, social work, dentistry, and law. The purpose of this program, and courses within the program, is to provide interprofessional education and training for professionals who wish to gain experience in caring for patients with advanced and terminal illnesses and their families, emphasizing and integrating the unique contributions made by all disciplines — physicians, pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, dentists, chaplains, and grief and bereavement specialists. To learn more, please contact Dr. McPherson at 410-706-3682 or mmcphers@rx.umaryland.edu.

Laurie Neely, DPT, (SOM), received a $6,000 grant for Improving the Health of Homeless Individuals Diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus through Interprofessional Student Activities. The team includes Linda Horn, DScPT, MHS, NCS, GCS (SOM), and Cherokee Layson-Wolf, PharmD, BCACP, FAPHA (SOP). This project will provide an interprofessional educational service learning experience for physical therapy and pharmacy students. The students will provide three interprofessional health screenings and education sessions to the clients of Weinberg Housing & Resource Center, the largest emergency shelter for homeless individuals in Baltimore, and expand engagement with the center to establish sustainable collaboration. A discipline specific pre-test/post-test will be administered to the clients at each visit to assess outcomes. A pre/post administration of the Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale (RIPLS) to assess the students’ attitude toward interprofessional learning will be conducted by the faculty mentors at each visit. To learn more, please contact Dr. Neely at 410-706-7720 or lneely@som.umaryland.edu.


Isabel Rambob, DDS (SOD), was awarded a $10,000 grant for IPE: HIV Oral Health Screening Across the Life Span. Faculty members Mary Jo Bondy, DHEd, MHS, PA-C (Graduate School), Mei Ching Lee, PhD, MS, RN, CHPN (SON), and Oksana Mishler, RDH, MS (SOD), combined their expertise to design a series of interprofessional modules for HIV oral health screening that will focus on knowledge and skills development. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has manifestations within the oral cavity and is frequently misdiagnosed by primary care providers, affecting patients’ health and quality of life. This initiative will advance UMB’s efforts to meet the core competencies for interprofessional education collaboration (IPEC) by providing opportunities and activities to students from various disciplines (i.e., dental, dental hygiene, physician assistant, and nursing) and by implementing a pilot project of interprofessional education intervention using online training, simulation experience, and community outreach. The project will be evaluated by its effectiveness in increasing knowledge of oral health in the HIV population and enhancing interprofessional teamwork. To learn more, please contact Dr. Rambob at 410-706-0745 or irambob@umaryland.edu.

Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP (SON), received a $10,000 grant for Interprofessional Care in Geriatrics Program: Applying Evidence to Clinical Practice. Faculty member Nicole Brandt, PharmD, MBA, BCPP, CGP, FASCP (SOP), collaborated on this project. The Interprofessional Care in Geriatrics program was developed from a long history of interdisciplinary work in geriatrics that has focused on single intermittent programs in which students and faculty from multiple disciplines come together to use case-based approaches for teaching. Our goal in this new initiative is to build off that history, knowledge, and strength and apply it to clinical settings that provide team-based care to meet the needs of a local high-rise senior housing community. Specifically, this will incorporate clinical hours for students in nursing, pharmacy, social work, and physical therapy either as part of their required clinical coursework or via an independent study or extra community-based credit. The opportunities will be available for graduate and undergraduate students. To learn more, please contact Dr. Resnick at 410-706-5178 or resnick@umaryland.edu.

The selection of the five grant recipient teams was based on an evaluation of proposals that met criteria in one of two categories for collaborative work:

  • Interprofessional team-based care: Care delivered by intentionally created, usually relatively small work groups in health care, who are recognized by others as well as by themselves as having a collective identity and shared responsibility for a patient or group of patients.
  • Interprofessional education: "When students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes" (World Health Organization, 2010).

Teams consisting of faculty from two or more disciplines were required to propose projects that are practice or classroom focused, with educational and evaluative components employing the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: 2016 Update.

UMB launched the IPE center in 2013. Kirschling's co-directors are Heather Congdon, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, assistant dean for SOP at the Universities at Shady Grove, and David Mallott, MD, associate dean, medical education at SOM. The importance of interprofessional education is recognized in the University’s 2011-2016 Strategic Plan.