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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org in the Office of IPE @ CUW for more information and questions regarding IPE opportunities.
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 (email@example.com).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone at 262-243-2779 (or stop by his office in the School of Pharmacy, #299/top floor).
CUW students are encouraged to contact the Coordinator of IPE (Michael Oldani) at email@example.com for more information about the annual Wisconsin AHEC Interprofessional Case Competion. CUW students have previously competed in this team-based, health and social care competition. Last year’s team won the Northeast AHEC Region and took their presentation to the Kalahari Resort Conference Center in early January to compete with other student teams from Wisconsin (Top finishers at the state level are eligible for scholarships.). CUW students who participate meet as small IPE teams on campus for several months this fall and research and craft a response to a perplexing medical case through a PowerPoint presentation (and brief write-up). Registration will begin in the early fall – look for followup announcements sent by your particular health/social care program.