Annual Interprofessional Case Competition Announced: Prizes include $3000 Scholarship

CUW students are encouraged  to contact the Coordinator of IPE (Michael Oldani) at michael.oldani@cuw.edu 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.

 

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Concordia & Alverno Students Complete IPE Pilot Program through Justice Point

 

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During the fall and spring semester of 2015-16 12 students from CUW (nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, and social work) and Alverno College (nursing and nurse practitioner/mental health) participated in a pilot interprofessional learning experience that involved a nontraditional IPE opportunity.  A partnership was created with Justice Point (a non profit, pre-trial case management organization) and the Milwaukee County Drug Court (a program that allows individuals struggling with addiction to be place on probation and receive comprehensive drug treatment).  Students first observed how an interprofessional team of attorneys, case managers, police officers, social workers, psychologists and a judge come together to plan out client-centered treatment plans and to carry out court proceedings to keep individuals on track and sober.

Students then collaborated together to think about how health and social care impact sobriety and how they might (through small teams) work with clients to ensure they are referred to the right kind of providers for care.  Justice Point identified clients for small teams of students to interview and to produce case write ups (that were shared via a Goggle Drive) in order to produce “active referrals.”  Students, through follow up interviews, were able to recommend certain types of prescriptions that might aid clients with sleep issues as well as uncovering issues like the need for comprehensive dental care for clients who may have not been able to, or neglected, their oral health.

Overall, students reported the pilot program as a success and that they learned the value of collaborative care when dealing with patients/clients with complex health and social care needs.  The pilot program is being extended for another year and interested students (and faculty) should contact Michael Oldani in the Office of IPE @ CUW for more information.  There are a variety of ways students can receive credit for this course, including as a 1-3 credit IPE 550 special topics course.

Special thanks to Karin Wasiullah of Alverno College of Nursing for co-coordinating this learning experience. And special thanks to the following students:

Allysa Bagin. Ryan Nelson, Genesis Estrada, Sarah Dibble, Hallie Schopp, Becky Sobanski, Monique VanFelder, Amy Kutzler, Emily Schroeter, Briana Kneisl, Kristen Holme, and Carrie Fehrmann – you are all trail blazers in IPE!

 

Michael J. Oldani/Office of IPE @ CUW

michael.oldani@cuw.edu

 

 

 

The Future is Now: Concordia Students and IPE in the (local) News!

Health and Social care students were recently highlighted in feature article in the April 2016 edition of Mequon-Thiensville Today.  The article pointed to how CUW students are engaging in interprofessional learning events at the Mequon campus in order to learn about other professions and how to better communicate within a team-based environment.   The article also discussed how CUW is 100% committed to “interprofessional education” (IPE): providing learning opportunities and IPE certificates that will prepare students to enter their chosen career and vocations with the ability to work in team-based environments.  The article is provided here: Local Press on IPE.

If you are a current CUW student or are a future/prospective student and have more questions and would like more information on IPE @ CUW, please contact the Campus Coordinator of IPE, Michael Oldani (michael.oldani@cuw.edu).

 

 

How to build the perfect team?

Interprofessional Education (IPE) is most associated with the health and social care professions (e.g., social work, pharmacy, MD/DOs, nursing, occupational therapy,  physical therapy, physician assistant, dentistry and public health) learning and working together in a patient-centered environment.  However, increasingly interprofessional collaboration (i.e., the ability to communicate effectively within a team-based work environment) is becoming a global movement in the workplace.

The New York Times recently produced a Sunday Magazine edition that focuses on teamwork among and between employees.  Important questions about the what makes a ‘good team’ and how these new work environments are shaping business culture and human enterprise can be found here.

CUW continues to be on the cutting edge in terms of Interprofessional Education for both undergraduates and graduate students in the health professions.  All students, regardless of major/minor, are welcome to contact Michael Oldani, Coordinator of IPE @ CUW, for more information on opportunities and IPE certification.

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