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.
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).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a health and social care student at CUW (e.g., physician assistant studies, pharmacy, OT, PT, social Work, nursing, etc.) you are need to help our OT students participate in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) Triannual national meeting in Milwaukee, WI, on July 9th. Over 4000 delegates, Pastors and church members will gather in Milwaukee and on Saturday (the 9th) CUW students along with Concordia Plan Plan Services will host a 5 hour health and wellness fair. CUW students will provide interactive stations for LCMS members to engage in that will focus on Nutrition, Exercise/Physical Activity, Sleep & Rest, Stress Reduction & Mental Health, Diabetes Management and Ageing Well. Interested students can contact professor Katrina Serwe in the Occupational Therapy Department at CUW (email@example.com). She is teaching in OT course this summer and her OT students are organizing the event. You will be partnered with OT students depending on your profession and/or interests. (This is a great opportunity to acquire IPE hours, complete service/experiential learning requirements, and/or to simply experience the benefits of promoting wellness to interested people!) You can also contact the Campus Coordinator of Interprofessional Education (IPE @ CUW) – Michael Oldani (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The School of Pharmacy Student Organizations and the Interprofessional Education Program at CUW would like to invite students, faculty and the community to the first annual Mind-Body-Spirit Wellness Fair on Sunday, April 10th – immediately following Chapel Service with President Ferry – at 11:30am.
CUW students involved in health and social care professions, along with faculty, will guide participants through a ‘passport to health and wellness’ as they learn about eating healthy, staying fit, and preventing chronic diseases.
Participants who complete the passport will also be eligible for a drawing for health-related items, including a grand prize for a Fitbit. A light lunch with refreshments will be provided as well.
Please join us!
If you have questions, please contact the Campus Coordinator for IPE – Michael Oldani at email@example.com or by phone (262-243-2779).