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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.