Articles of Interest
Establishing Transdisciplinary Professionalism for Improving Health Outcomes
As part of a better
understandind respect for other health care delivery disciplines,
the Office of Interprofessional Educaton has offered two case
studies. Each case study promotes collaboration and respect
between the disciplines. The first event entitled "What's the
Matter with Warren?" was very meaningful and resulted in three poster
submissions during the April 2016 Professionalism Summit.
The second poster session, complemented efforts of the UTMB
Diversity Council to heighten awareness and understanding for the
clinical and emotional needs of the LGBTQ community. The case
study, "Transgender" was offered in September 2016. Melanie
Rowen, JD, fom the University of California Berkeley School of Law
was the key note speaker and provided an overview about, major
policies related to transgender healthcare, placing the intereset
of patients at the center of interprofessional care, and
demonstrating high standards of ethical conduct and quality of care
in contributing to team-based care.
New Student Orientation - School of Nursing January 2016
School of Nursing Orientation, January 4&5, 2016, included the
opportunity for the Interprofessional Education and Practice
Department, to share information about UTMB's initiatives and
activities that promote health professions working together to
improve patient care. Included in the presentation was an
introduction to The Professionalism Committee. Matthew Igbinigie, a
SOM student who serves on the Honor Pledge Committee, led the new
students in the Honor Pledge. The student also received Honor
2013-2014 Activities, Programs &
Faculty Engagement Awards
This award seeks to support faculty pursuing training,
attending conferences, or engaging in initiatives that strengthen
interprofessional education, collaborative practice and teamwork at
UTMB. Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and
are reviewed by an IPE review committee. Contact IPE for more
information or to receive the application.
IPE Student Activities
Foundations in Patient Safety
and Health Care Quality Course
Students enrolled in this course will have an
opportunity to engage in a variety of interprofessional learning
activities designed to facilitate professional competencies for
health care practitioners. The problems with quality and
safety are reviewed from a health care systems perspective.
Quality improvement processes are addressed utilizing clinical
examples from across clinical settings. This course is
available for enrollment.
December 16 - January 10,
2014 Course Instructor: Dr.
Spirituality and Clinical Care
This module brings together large and small
interprofessional groups of students to discuss issues related to
spirituality in health care. After exploring the online module and
readings, students work in small interprofessional groups to
analyze, from their unique perspectives, cases dealing with the
spiritual needs of patients. In addition, the concept of spiritual
self-care is introduced with a link to a module in the online
course syllabus. An interprofessional group of faculty representing
the Schools of Health Professions, Nursing, and Medicine facilitate
the course interactions, which all occur on Blackboard. The
course culminates in an Interfaith Panel discussion. Faculty may
choose to require this module as part of an existing course, or
students can participate independently.
Blackboard module opens January 27, 2014
Interfaith Panel: February 14, 2014, 1:00-3:00pm, Levin Hall
Instructors: Dr. Arlene Macdonald (GSBS - IMH), Dr.
Rodger Marion (SHP), Dr. Carol Wiggs (SON), Dr. Susan Gerik
Global Health Interprofessional
This Special Topics course spans the Fall and
Spring semesters, and is open to all students in the four schools.
The course is the core, anchor course for the Global Health
Training Program, and is the first step in developing a
campus-wide, integrated Global Health Program for all students. An
interprofessional group of faculty representing the School of
Health Professions, the School of Nursing, the School of Medicine,
and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is led by Dr.
Matthew Dacso. The curriculum provides an overview of critical
issues in understanding global health challenges in contemporary
society within an interprofessional learning environment.
Fall 2013-Spring 2014 (students can enroll for Spring
Course Coordinator: Christen Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org), Center for
Day: The Future of Health Care Delivery
This unique event allows students to learn from
and interact with their peers and faculty from all of the schools
during a conference-style afternoon. After a keynote address,
students break out into small interprofessional groups for
interactive workshops. Previous interprofessional activities have
included: simulation enactments, workshops, town hall meetings and
team building exercises. Faculty are invited to facilitate
workshops; students may assist as IPE Volunteers.
March 26, 2014, 1:00-5:00pm
Keynote Address: Levin Hall Main Auditorium, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Interprofessional Student Workshops: Location TBA, 2:00-5:00pm
Dementia Reader's Theater:
Reading & Discussion
After the theatrical reading of an excerpt from
"The Long Journey Home: Caring for a love one with dementia,"
students will participate in guided discussion led by Dr. Oma
Morey, the play's author. This research-based theatre production
was written by Dr. Morey, and first produced at UTMB in June
March 25 or 27, 1:00pm
Levin Hall Main
Advocacy Program: Collaborating to Bring Care Home
The collaborative and innovative I-PAP program is
designed to impact the community and participating students through
interprofessional care. I-PAP faculty and students work in
interprofessional teams with Child Protective Services case workers
and families in the "Family Based Safety Services Program" through
the Department of Family & Protective Services. These families
have a special needs or medically fragile child, and have been
referred to CPS by an interested party. The program is funded by
the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) until June
Program Director: Natalie Bachynsky, Assistant Professor, School
of Nursing (email@example.com).
CLARION Case Competition
Students are invited to create interprofessional
teams to participate in the CLARION Case Competition at the
University of Minnesota: http://www.chip.umn.edu/clarion/casecomp/.
Cases deal with issues of quality and patient care.
On-campus meetings and competition: January 2014
National Competition: April 11-12, 2014
Pediatric End of Life
This activity brings together students from all of
the schools to view and participate in a high fidelity simulation
and discussion. The simulation focuses on the case of an infant,
her family, and her health care providers as the child faces
cardiopulmonary arrest. A panel of practicing health care
professionals presents their perspectives and answers questions
during a debriefing following the simulation.
Summer 2014: Date and Time TBA
Student Engagement Awards
Through UTMB's Interprofessional Education
initiative and the support of all of the Schools, students have the
opportunity to earn distinctions and awards based on participation
at three levels. In addition, students may apply to receive grants
to attend interprofessional conferences or initiate a new IPE
activity. All students must complete the online application in
order to be eligible. More detailed information is available from
the IPE office.
Students assist with IPE Day; they receive a $50
gift certificate to the UTMB bookstore.
Students assist with IPE Day, participate in two
additional interprofessional activities, and submit a reflective
essay for each activity; they receive a $100 award and the
distinction of "IPE Leader."
For each year of enrollment at UTMB, students
assist with IPE Day, participate in two additional
interprofessional activities, and submit a reflective essay for
each activity; before graduating, students complete and present an
interprofessional scholarly project, mentored by a faculty member;
they receive a $500 award and the distinction of "IPE Scholar" at
Student Engagement Grant
Students can apply for funding to carry out an
interprofessional project or attend a conference dealing with
interprofessional education or collaborative practice. This award
covers participation in the CLARION Case Competition.