Concordia’s Interprofessional Program Highlighted in U of Toronto IPE Newsletter

The University of Toronto monthly IPE Newsletter recently featured a story about CUW’s first recipients of the ‘Undergraduate Interprofessional Certificate’ – please follow this link to read (and scroll down several pages).  For more information about IPE @ CUW, email ipe@cuw.edu.

 

Michael J. Oldani, PhD, MS

Coordinator of IPE @ CUW

Fun in the Sun: New Health Profession Students Introduced to Teamwork and IPE

On June 5th over 80 new students, enrolled in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy or Physician Assistant programs, gathered on one of CUW’s expansive lawns and immediately learned the value of teamwork.  A dozen CUW faculty facilitators helped these students engage in a game of “blind dodge ball.” Students are paired, with one student able to ‘see’ and the other ‘blindfolded’ and they must communicate with one another verbally as they face another pair of students.  The goal: the blindfolded students must be instructed to hit one another by the ‘seeing’ students – when this happens points are awarded.

Needless to say, students with the best communication normally score the most points, although there is some luck involved as well!.  This event is part of new student orientation and also serves to introduce these future health professional to important team-based ideas and the value of interprofessional communication.  Students “huddle” to discuss strategies and “debrief” after the event to talk about what went right or wrong, how they would do things differently, and so on.  The goal is to introduce them to these TeamStepps concepts very early on in their training.  TeamStepps is a nationally recognized system of communication that has been clinically shown to reduce improve communication between healthcare works and thus reduce medical errors as well as improve patient safety and satisfaction.

Concordia University of Wisconsin has several ‘master trainers’ in TeamStepps, who have completed the necessary workshops and can train students, faculty and other professionals in these skills and concepts.   This yearly event is a very important first step for these students who will also team up with pharmacy, nursing, athletic training and social work students during the fall and spring semesters for additional interprofessional events and workshops.

If you are interested in TeamStepps training or interprofessional education please contact IPE@CUW.edu for more information.

Michael Oldani

Office of IPE @ CUW

 

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Concordia Awards First Interprofessional Education Certificates for Undergraduates

The Office of IPE @ CUW wants to congratulate the students who received our newly developed Undergraduate Interprofessional Education Certificate.  Our first-ever recipients are from the Department of Social Work and are pictured below.   These particular students have shown a desire and dedication to maximize their exposure to interprofessional education while at Concordia University.  The IPE Undergraduate Certificate represents the culmination and completion of IPE campus program participation, coursework that specifically improves a student’s interprofessional competencies, including newly developed IPE-specific courses, and experiential and service learning opportunities (i.e., from clinical/internship rotations to volunteer and mission work) that expose and train students in collaborative and team-based skills.

The IPE Undergraduate Certificate is part of a two-year strategic planning initiative to create meaningful opportunities for students to become “job-ready” as they enter a marketplace that demands interprofessional and collaborative skills for person-centered care.  The Undergraduate Certificate is an important extension of our campus-wide vision and mission for IPE @ CUW to develop health and social care professionals in mind, body and spirit.  Many nursing, pre-medical, pre-health professional, and business students are on track (or eligible) to complete this undergraduate certificate in the future. Additionally, a graduate student version will be implemented in 2017-18, which will allow pharmacy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, masters-level social worker and nursing, athletic training, and speech and language pathology students to complete the requirements and receive an IPE certificate.

Please contact michael.oldani@cuw.edu in the Office of IPE @ CUW for more information and questions regarding IPE opportunities.

Pictured left to right: Tracy Marsh & Nadia Ramirez (Social Work) & Michael Oldani (Coordinator of IPE @ CUW).
Pictured left to right: Tracy Marsh & Nadia Ramirez (Social Work) & Michael Oldani (Coordinator of IPE @ CUW), May 12, 2017.

MIND-BODY-SPIRIT: Year 2 – Another Success!

On Sunday, April 23rd, over 40 Concordia students hosted the 2nd annual Mind-Body-Spirit Health and Wellness Fair.  The event was attended by over 200 CUW students and community members, who engaged in, and learned about, diabetes management, mental health, opioid awareness, smoking and tobacco cessation (through our Tobacco Free/SPARK initiative), nutrition, cholesterol and lipid disorders, and kidney disease (among many other topics).  The wellness fair was organized by Ellie Blaczyk and Kelly Rodriguez, second year pharmacy students, who did a tremendous job with logistics, planning and student recrutiment – they also brought in Nursing and Athletic Training students from CUW, making this a truly interprofessional event.

President Ferry and his wife, Dr. Tammy Ferry, helped to conclude the event by providing a Devotion and closing remarks.  This annual wellness fair truly exemplifies Concordia’s Mission, especially as it pertains to the health and well being of our students, the local community, and ultimately the patients and families our health and social care students will serve after they graduate.

Students and faculty interested in planning the 3rd annual Mind-Body-Spirit Health and Wellness Fair (its never to early!) can contact Michael Oldani in the Office of IPE @ CUW (michael.oldani@cuw.edu).

MJO

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7 Highlights of the International Program

If you plan on studying in the USA as an international student, you are about to make a big decision! As a friendly, safe, and engaging school, Concordia University is a great option. We have an exclusive partnership with SchoolApply – a new, simple and secure way of applying.

Whether you are considering Concordia or you are already here, check out these 7 highlights of an international education through Concordia University:

1. Relationships

During your time in the USA, it is important that you feel at home. Concordia offers several organizations that allow you to connect with American students, as well as other international students. Meet some of Concordia’s English-speaking students through CHAT (Conversations Happen All the Time). CHAT brings American and international students together at a weekly lunch and plans fun events throughout the year, including a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner. As a part of Campus Ministry, the leaders of CHAT welcome conversations about religion and the Bible. It is also important for you to connect with international students like you. Remain close to your cultural customs through Asian Culture Club, Ni Hao Chinese Club, and Saudi Students Club. These groups are primarily led by fellow international students, but are open to all students. Concordia cares about encouraging friendships that will last a lifetime.

2. Classes Just for You

If you want to study in the USA but your language skills are not ready for English-speaking classrooms, then Concordia’s English Language Institute (ELI) is for you! This program prepares you for the transition into full-time academic study. The ELI helps international students learn English, transition into American life, and succeed in the USA. ELI teachers are well-trained, experienced, and friendly. Before your first class starts, Concordia prepares you for the classroom.

3. Academic Support

If you want extra help in a particular class, you can count on the Learning Resource Center (LRC) to support you. Do you need help writing a paper? At the Writing Center, you can ask for one-on-one advice. Are you a graduate student? Graduate students can get help on their papers without coming to campus through the Online Writing Lab (OWL). Do you struggle in certain classes? Supplemental Instruction provides study sessions for especially difficult classes in Nursing, Biology, Math, Accounting, and Chemistry. These are only a few of the many ways that the LRC is available to fit your needs. While you attend regular classes, Concordia continues to assist your academic progress.

4. Two All-American Locations

You want an authentic American experience. We have two university locations in safe, small-town communities, yet close to large cities: Mequon, Wisconsin and Ann Arbor, Michigan! At Concordia University Wisconsin, explore big city attractions in Milwaukee. Milwaukee is home of the Brewers, a professional baseball team, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Harley-Davidson Museum. At Concordia Ann Arbor, discover the city of Detroit. Detroit is known for the Lions, a professional football team, its auto industry, and Detroit Historical Museum. Because of our schools’ locations, you get to experience many different aspects of the USA. Concordia has what you are looking for in Wisconsin and Michigan.

5. Activities Outside the Classroom

Being part of Concordia University is about more than attending classes. Join your international and American friends in all the clubsintramural sports, and activities that Concordia offers. Because, as a private school, Concordia is smaller than most public universities, you have more opportunities to be involved in different activities. Have you ever tried volleyball, ultimate frisbee, yoga, pep band, or volunteering? You can enjoy all of them! Now is the time to explore your interests.  At Concordia, you become a part of our engaging community.

6. Staff Dedicated to You

It can be a challenge to understand all of the academic and legal steps involved in attending a foreign university. At Concordia University, you will not be alone! Every student is assigned a personal adviser, who will help you make decisions regarding your education. Staff at the Concordia International Center (CIC) are available with information that pertains directly to international students. You can ask questions about visa requirements, your status in the USA, and leads on housing options. Everyone at the CIC is welcoming and eager to help you succeed. Concordia provides you with the support you need.

7. All Are Welcome

Did you know that 34 countries are represented at CUW? Concordia is proud to host a successful International Program. Faculty, staff, and students are grateful for all of our international students because your presence enriches the lives of everyone you meet! Whether an undergraduate or graduate student, you are welcome here. We are excited to get to know you and learn about your culture. Concordia has a place for you.

 
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CUW-Marquette IPE Team Finish 2nd in State-Wide Case Competition

The Office of IPE @ CUW wants to congratulate our Concordia Health and Social Care students who partnered with students from Marquette School of Dentistry, the Medical College of Wisconsin and the UW-Madison School of Medicine to compete in the annual fall-winter Wisconsin AHEC Interprofessional Case competition.  This year’s competition allowed student teams to produce proposals to improve the health and social care for Native American Communities in the Dakotas.  Students were required to create a vision and a budget for implementing a culturally competent and person-centered holistic health plan for the Lakota community.

This year the Office of IPE @ CUW coordinated three teams at the regional level who submitted their proposals to AHEC in late fall.  One of these teams won the regional competition and were able to participate in the state-wide competition at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells on January 13th.  This group presented a 15 minute slide show and ‘pitch’ to judges who were tasked with assessing the merits and feasibility of their vision.

The student team of Forrest Beck (CUW Pharmacy/Team Captain), Britt Bickert (Physician Assistant Studies), Matt Briski (Pharmacy) and Maria Barnes (Marquette Dental School) finished 2nd overall in the 8 team competition.  They will share a $2000 educational stipend from AHEC. The local press covered their success as well.

The goal of the AHEC competition is to further interprofessional skills and competencies through teamwork and the intellectual exercise of the case proposals and vision, and obviously, these students excelled at both!

If you are interested in these types of opportunities and/or simply want to know more about IPE @ CUW – please contact the Campus Coordinator at michael.oldani@cuw.edu.

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(left to right: Brisky, Beck, Barnes and Bickert)

Another Successful IPE Student Event!

Over 220 health and social care students from CUW participated in there 3rd (of 4) IPE events on November 1st in the School of Pharmacy.  This particular event was entirely a small, interprofessional, team event, where 24 groups of students met with a faculty facilitator for 2 hours to discuss a complex medical case.

Physician Assistant Studies, Physical Therrapy, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Social Work and Pharmacy students were part of these teams.  The teams first engaged in a ‘group think’ activity, which allowed them to see the value of ‘team awareness’ as well as a subsequent exercise that paired students and demonstrated the value of ‘non-defensive’ language for improving interprofessional communication.

The bulk of the evening was a productive interprofessional case work up and prioritization of treatment options, conflict points, and general discussion of the Case of Mrs. Johnson – an elderly and independent women living in rural Wisconsin who is admitted to the hospital after having a cardiovascular event (e.g., a stroke).

Feedback from students was very positive – and the Office of IPE @ CUW would like congratulate these students for taking another step in building their interprofessional competencies as they prepare for more ‘hands-on’ experiences.

Michael Oldani, PhD, MS

Coordinator of IPE @ CUW

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Understanding the Depths of Patient-Centered Care

The New York Times recently published a ‘thank you’ note from a man whose wife had suffered a severe asthma attack and later died as a result.  He was so taken with the care she, he, their family and friends all received by the hospital staff, from doctors, nurses, social workers, and other specialists, that he had to reach out and express is gratitude.

From an interprofessional perspective it is so clear here that his experience at this particular hospital was due to an amazing culture of patient-centered care – a true “bedside” mentality.  Please read this short article when you have some time, because its show how important providing dignity for patients,  regardless of their condition, as well as a space for others to love, grieve and often say goodbye in a meaningful way can be for family and friends.

Office of IPE @ CUW

Michael Oldani; michael.oldani@cuw.edu

 

Over 200 Health and Social Care Students Participate in their first IPE Program!

More than 200 students from Social Work, Physician Assistant Studies, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nursing and Pharmacy participated in their first interprofessional education event on Tuesday evening, September 13th.  The goal of this first event is to introduce and get students excited about IPE @ CUW – they will participate in 6-8 hours of IPE programming over a 2 year period as they prepare for clinical rotations and internships.  Students assembled as a large group in Todd Wehr auditorium where they were given a brief presentation by IPE faculty champions that outlined the value of IPE,  and in particular, how team-based, interprofessional care works to reduce medical errors.

Students then broke out into 24 smaller groups (9-10 students) where faculty facilitators engaged students in small group exercises that incorporated differing “communication styles” into problem-solving and team building exercises.  Students worked on solving hypothetical “parking problems” on CUW’s campus, to building “paper chains” as a team, to debriefing and discussing as a group the ways in which good, interprofessional communication can reduce medical errors.

Student feedback was very positive both through standardized assessment tools as well as in person or through emails sent to the Office of IPE @ CUW. Feedback, whether positive or in the form of constructive criticism, is always encouraged as way to improve programming and effectively translate the importance of IPE as students build their health and social care skills here at CUW.  Congratulations to Group #16 for winning the paper chain competition, which entitled team members to a gift card, compliments of IPE @ CUW  (We want IPE to be fun as well!).

For questions or information pertaining to interprofessional education at CUW, please contact the Campus Coordinator, Michael Oldani at x2779 or at michael.oldani@cuw.edu.

Pre-Pharmacy Student Organization members (and event helpers) admire the paper chains.
Pre-Pharmacy Student Organization members (and event helpers) admire the paper chains in the SOP atrium.

 

Welcome Back Health and Social Care Students: IPE @ CUW 2016-17

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As students embark on another year of learning and training in the health and social care professions here at CUW, the time is right to remind the campus community of the goals of IPE @ CUW. Interprofessional education, or IPE, as it is most often referred to, is an opportunity for students to learn, train and ultimately work together as they care for patients and clients.

Around 10 years ago the major accrediting bodies and healthcare and public health created a set of competencies, or educational goals, for students to achieve. In short, the goals for students here at CUW is to learn how to 1. Create a culture of mutual respect and shared values, 2. To fully understand their role and the roles of others when assessing patient/client needs, 3. To be able to communicate effectively with other health and social care professionals, and 4. The ability to understand team dynamics and to work in teams to deliver quality patient/client care.

The Office of IPE @ CUW is committed to these goals as well the ‘end game’ of preparing students for IPC: interprofessional collaboration, out there, in the real world of health and social care practice.  It may take a while for new students to “see” IPE in action – but eventually the “ah ha” moment will arrive.  For those interested in reading about the impact of IPE and IPC on healthcare please see the following New Yorker article from 2011. (Thanks to professor Mike McKinnis, IPE Rep/Occupational Therapy Department for sharing.)

For more information on IPE @ CUW please see our website and/or contact the Campus Coordinator of IPE, professor Michael J. Oldani at michael.oldani@cuw.edu, or phone at 262-243-2779 (or stop by his office in the School of Pharmacy, #299/top floor).

Office of IPE @ CUW