IPE Day 2014

UMB Engages Hundreds to Instill Team Competencies During 2014 Interprofessional Education Day

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) held its second annual IPE Day on Feb. 19 to impart interprofessional skills competencies to students in each of the schools, including the Graduate School. Students worked in teams during realistic scenarios, including several cases in which actors known as standardized patients had roles as patients and family members.


Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, director, UMB Center for Interprofessional Education, led the activities. She is dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing (SON) and immediate past president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The guest speaker was Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN, Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics, Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, She delivered a keynote address, "Interprofessional Ethical Decision Making: The Art of Pause."

More than 500 students and 130 faculty members from the disciplines of dentistry and dental hygiene, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy (PT), and social work attended as well as faculty and student guests from Towson University (Occupational Therapy) and the University of Delaware (PT). A group of 40 students and faculty members from UMB  facilities at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville participated, representing the schools of nursing, social work and pharmacy.

UMB faculty leaders on IPE Day were Heather Congdon, PharmD, CACP, CDE, assistant dean for theSchool of Pharmacy (SOP) at Shady Grove and an associate professor at the school; David Mallott, MD, associate dean, School of Medicine; and Edward Pecukonis, PhD, MSW, associate professor, School of Social Work, who are co-directors of the University's IPE Center.

IPE Day began with a faculty development session that included greetings by UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD,  founder of the President’s Clinic, a multidisciplinary pediatric clinic co-directed by Elsie Stines, MS, CPNP, who was among the participants. In the afternoon, students and guests converged on the SON auditorium to hear the keynote address as well as Kirschling's remarks on core competencies and other issues related to interprofessional education.

Students and faculty members then broke into multidisciplinary groups that reconvened at settings at the SON, the SOP, the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center, and the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HSHSL). Many of the activities are pictured in a photo gallery and described in an overview contributed by the SOP.

The students worked together to solve scenarios that centered on complex cases involving ethics. Developed by faculty members, the scenarios offered a variety of cases such as one in gerontology that aimed to support the autonomy of a vulnerable adult and one set abroad entitled "Ethics without Borders." A debriefing took place from 4:15 -5 p.m. in the auditorium.

The event was supported by a gift from James Earl, Jr., PhD, and Sylvia Earl. He is president of the Helena Foundation, named after his mother, Margaret Helena Earl, and is secretary of the Board of Trustees of theUniversity of Maryland, Foundation.

At UMB, interprofessional education is integral to the university’s 2011-2016 strategic plan and among thepresident’s priorities. The 2013-14 President's Symposium and White Paper Project is devoted to IPE. Nationally, teamwork has gained importance due to implementation of the Affordable Care Act and complex changes in health care. UMB held its first IPE Day (see video) in April 2013.

Congdon was chair of a university-wide committee that planned and implemented the 2014 IPE Day. She was joined by IPE Center co-chairs Mallott and Pecukonis and by Reba Cornman, MSW, Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research Program of the Graduate School; Patricia Danielewicz, Center for Interprofessional Education; Mary Fey, MS, RN, CHSE, School of Nursing; Jackie Fried, RDH, MS, School of Dentistry; Diane Hoffmann, JD, MS, UM Francis King Carey School of Law; Kelley Macmillan, PhD, MSW, School of Social Work; Claire Murphy, Office of Communications and Public Affairs (OCPA) ; Mary Rodgers, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FASB, School of Medicine; and Paula Raimondo, MLS, AHIP, and M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, both of the HSHSL.

The library maintains the subject guide on interprofessional education as a continuously updated resource for the campus.

For information, contact Patricia Danielewicz, Center for Interprofessional Education.