Seed Grant Recipients 2019-2020

Dima Ghunaim, DDS, MS, FACP (SOD) was awarded a $10,200 seed grant for Interprofessional Care for Head and Neck Radiation Patients. The contributing faculty and staff included Tiffany Tyer, CRNP-AC, AOCNP (UMMC), Se-Lim Oh, DMD, MS (SOD), Cynthia Idzik-Starr, DDS (SOD), Donita Dyalram, MD, DDS, FACP (SOM), Bridgette Gourley DNP, and FNP-BC (SON). The purpose of the IPE project is to train the dental and nurse practitioner students in the comprehensive care for head and neck cancer patients and to educate our students on the concept and importance of interprofessional care for cancer patients. Additionally, the aim was to increase the comfort of dental and nurse practitioner students in the management and coordination of care of cancer patients. The students will rotate in the dental clinic at University of Maryland School of Dentistry, radiation oncology at the Greenbaum Cancer Center and the oral and maxillofacial head and patients will be evaluated using pre- and post- survey questionnaires. To learn more, contact Dr. Ghunaim at

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 contact Dr. Brandt at 410-706-1491 or



Seed Grant Recipients 2018-2019

Richard Colgan, MD (SOM), received a $14,000 seed grant for the Maryland Area Health Education Center (AHEC): AHEC Scholars Pilot. Faculty and staff collaborating on this project are: Mary Jo Bondy, DHEd, PA-C (Graduate School), Marg Hammersla, PhD, CRNP-A (SON), and Allison Robinson, MPH (SOM). The AHEC Scholars is an interprofessional program geared towards health profession students. The proposed pilot program is designed to expose students to interdisciplinary didactic and community-based clinical training in rural and/or underserved areas in Maryland. The goal is to conduct the clinical and didactic components with a small group of selected students, including medicine, nursing, physician assistant, and pharmacy, at interprofessional practices in the Baltimore, AHEC West and Eastern Shore AHEC regions. An evaluation, of both the logistics and student experiences, will be done at to inform a final AHEC Scholars educational curriculum. The full launch of the AHEC Scholars Program will be in the fall of 2019. To learn more, please contact Dr. Colgan at or Allison Robinson at

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.