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.

End of the Semester

The end of the semester and finals week is creeping closer. It can really sneak up on you, but if you prepare yourself and do not procrastinate, you’ll be on top of everything and it’ll be a breeze. Don’t let finals freak you out. Everyone survives them, and you can too!

Weekend Fun

Coming out of high school, I was never sure what college weekends would look like for me.  I definitely was not a party girl in my past and I had no intentions of going that route when I reached college.  But every portrayal of college weekends seemed to have partying as the main focus.  Thankfully for the mind and body, I have avoided all of the drinking and smoking, and I have found ways to thoroughly enjoy my weekends.

This past weekend, I was able to start by going out bowling with friends.  Following this, I went and hung out at a relative’s house, where I was able to sit around and talk with great friends and family.  The next day, I had to be productive because I work in admissions as a student ambassador, and I needed to interview a number of students.  I found it exhilarating to talk with students who wanted to do exactly what I get to do throughout the week.  As a student ambassador, I give tours and work reception… but mostly, I get the opportunity to speak to students about my absolute love for my school.

After I finished, I met up with about eight others, and I played competitive volleyball in the gym.  Because the volleyball poles are left out in the gym and we bring our own net, we are able to play the game that we love whenever we want to.  After playing for over three hours, we decided it was time to hit the road and drive to my boyfriend’s sister’s house.  There, we were able to eat a home cooked meal and play games all night.

Overall, I find that every weekend is very different for me, and I love seeing what unexpectedly fun events come up!

Turn Down for Dancing

Last year, our school formal, Dancing Through the Decades, was an absolute blast! I was a little skeptical about it because I didn’t like dances back in high school, but I wanted to try it out in college (plus my girlfriend was going, so I decided I would tag along!). Since it was so fun the previous year, I was pretty excited about it this year as well. more “Turn Down for Dancing”