Seed Grant Recipients 2017-2018

Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of the Center for Interprofessional Education, would like to congratulate the faculty/staff teams that have been awarded 2017-2018 seed grants from the center.

Nicole Brandt, PharmD, MBA, BCGP, BCPP, FASCP (SOP), received a $10,000 seed grant for IPE Care in Geriatrics – Expanding Opportunities of Aging in Place Program in West Baltimore. Faculty and staff collaborating on this project are: Angie Battaglia, MS (SOM), Reba Cornman, MSW (Graduate), Kelly Doran, PhD, RN (SON), Sarah Dee Holmes, MSW (SSW), Daniel Mansour, PharmD, BCGP, FASCP (SOP), Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP (SON), Norman Retener, MD (SOM), Bernadette Siaton, MD (SOM), and Everett Smith, LGSW (SSW). The proposed IPE project is to expose interprofessional students (SSW, SON, SOP, SOM) to the needs of older adults through a hybrid learning opportunity, educational and clinical program. Clinical care in geriatrics is by definition interdisciplinary and clinically requires the input of the entire interdisciplinary team. Consequently, the proposed project incorporates the involvement of all disciplines that are important to the care of older adults: medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work. The main goal of the project will center around health promotion and disease management and prevention through facilitation of care. Students will be provided with interdisciplinary experiences in the clinical setting to teach and evaluate older adults living in the community, build relationships, and highlight the process of delivering care. This will be achieved by utilizing various learning and educational strategies. To learn more, please email Dr. Brandt or call  410-706-1491.

Leah Millstein, MD (SOM), was awarded a seed grant in the amount of $15,000 for Interprofessional Approach to Advance Care Planning. Faculty members Amanda Agarwal, LCSW-C (UHC), John Allen, MD (UMMC), Danielle Baek, MD (SOM-UHC), John Cagle, PhD, MSW (SSW), Neda Frayha, MD (SOM), Nikkita Southall, MD (SOM), Joan Davitt, PhD, MSW, MLSP (SSW), Mel Bellin, PhD, LCSW (SSW), and Steven Eveland, MBA, RN, CHPN (UMMC), collaborated on this project. The Interprofessional Approach to Advance Care Planning project will enhance knowledge and comfort of medical, social work, and nursing students on the critical topic of advance care planning, while also providing them with firsthand experience of multidisciplinary collaboration and, specifically, team-based care delivery. Over the course of the 2017-2018 academic year, students will be educated on various advance care planning topics during an educational seminar administered by faculty from the schools of medicine and social work.  Students will then collaborate in an interdisciplinary clinical encounter dedicated to advance care planning at the University Health Clinic. The students’ experiences will be assessed with a series of surveys, with the expectation that participation will improve the students’ comfort and ability to address advance care planning. To learn more, please email Dr. Millstein or call 410-328-7783.

Jeffrey Gonzales, PharmD, FCCM, BCPS, BCCCP (SOP) and Nirav Shah, MD, FCCP (SOM), received a $15,000 seed grant for A new era of “See one, Do one, Teach one.” Using an Interprofessional Education Module to Learn, Teach and Optimize the Treatment of Sepsis. Faculty contributors to this grant are: Tracey Wilson, DNP, ACNP (SON-UMMC), Joan Davenport, PhD, RN (SON), Samuel Tisherman, MD, FACS, FCCM (SOM-UMMC), Renee Dixon, MD (SOM), Mojdeh Heavner, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP (SOP), and Siu Yan Amy Yeung, PharmD (SOP-UMMC). This project is designed to improve interprofessional education focusing on the care of patients with sepsis. Students from three schools (SOP, SOM, SON) will be invited to attend during their experiential rotation at University of Maryland Medical Center. A pre- and post- anonymous survey will evaluate the participants’ perceptions and knowledge of interdisciplinary care of patients with sepsis. To learn more, please email Dr. Gonzales or call  410-706-5830 or email Dr. Shah or call 410-328-8141.


Seed Grant Recipients 2016-2017

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

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 email Dr. Neely or call 410-706-7720.

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 both graduate and undergraduate students. To learn more, please email Dr. Resnick or call 410-706-5178.