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IPE Panel focuses on disciplines working together to provide best patient care

The internal UMKC health sciences panel consisted of (from left to right) Susan Kimble, D.P., P.N. D.P., R.N., A.N.P.-B.C., Pam Overman, Ed.D., Stefanie Ellison, M.D., Jennifer Santee, Pharm.D., and Jolene Lynn, Ph.D(c), R.N.

Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and dentists collaborate to treat a patient. Doesn’t it make sense for collaboration to be part of their education as well?

That’s the idea behind interprofessional education (IPE), an emerging priority in the education of health care professionals.

“In the workplace, the students we train become part of a medical care team. It makes sense that for the best patient-centered care, health professional students need to begin that training while in School,” said Dean Betty Drees, M.D. “This workshop brings together national experts and internal collaborators, helping the Schools move forward with more IPE collaboration.”

On Tuesday Nov. 27, national leaders in health professional education gathered at the Hospital Hill Campus to discuss progress, challenges and advances in the process of weaving IPE into the fabric of educating future doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists. External panelists included the following:

  • Carol Aschenbrener, M.D., chief medical education officer, Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Lucinda Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph., executive vice president and CEO, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • Jane Kirschling, D.N.S., R.N., F.A.A.N., president, American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • Melissa J. Robinson, M.B.A., (Patient Advocate), president, Black Health Care Coalition
  • Leo Rouse, D.D.S., dean, Howard University College of Dentistry
The external included (from left to right) Melissa J. Robinson, M.B.A., Leo Rouse, D.D.S., Lucinda Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph., Jane Kirschling, D.N.S., R.N., F.A.A.N., and Carol Aschenbrener, M.D.

The panel agreed that bringing health professional schools together to learn has many dimensions, but four critical components: leadership support, managing change, establishing and maintaining trust, and being honest.

“Change happens at the speed of trust,” was the quote by Gary Gunderson that Maine used in describing how quickly IPE is implemented.

However, it was patient advocate, Robinson, who captured the benefit of IPE. “It puts the patient at the center,” she said. “It helps the medical team listen to patients, and keeps the patient first.”

The program also included an internal panel discussion among faculty members from all four UMKC health science schools to discuss how IPE may be implemented here. The panelists included the following:

  • Stefanie Ellison, M.D., associate dean of curriculum, School of Medicine
  • Jolene Lynn, Ph.D(c), R.N., clinical associate professor and BSN program director, School of Nursing
  • Susan J. Kimble, D.P., R.N., A.N.P.-B.C., clinical associate Professor and MSN and DNP program director, UMKC School of Nursing.
  • Pam Overman, Ed.D., professor and associate dean for academic affairs, School of Dentistry.
  • Jennifer Santee, Pharm.D., clinical associate professor, Division of Pharmacy Practice and Administrations, School of Pharmacy.

This panel reported on the collaboration toward IPE experiences at UMKC. They have been meeting quarterly for the past year and attended the IPEC Institute last year where core competencies for interprofessional education were discussed.

“Through our discussions we found some core competencies we had in common. We have looked at what type of experiences we need to formalize in curriculum,” Ellison said. “We believe we need to focus on both extracurricular events and required curriculum for this to be effective,”

The internal panel also acknowledged this was a large task. In order to make progress, they plan to start small with things the schools were already doing, expand those and persist so they could begin implementing IPE experiences at UMKC.

University of Iowa physician delivers annual Goodson Lecture

Mark Wilson, M.D., M.P.H., professor and director of graduate medical education at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, delivered the 2012 William Goodson Lectureship on Nov. 9 at the UMKC School of Medicine.

Patients deserve the best from their physicians. That means pursing the mastery of good doctoring as a 21st Century physician, said Mark Wilson, M.D., professor and director of graduate medical education at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Wilson spoke to physicians and residents at the 26th annual William Goodson Lectureship on Nov. 9 at the UMKC School of Medicine.

Wilson is a general internist who launched a cross-departmental initiative in chief resident leadership development at the University of Iowa. He also implemented a certificate program in educational leadership for program directors.

Wilson said he believes there are things in the current medical education environment that are impairing the aspirations of resident physicians.

“Many of the messages they get are focused just on competency and not on mastering the pursuit (of excellence) and not on an excitement about pursuing that mastery,” Wilson said.

Wilson serves as chair of the AAMC’s Group on Resident Affairs and is part of the advisory committee to the GME Leadership Development Program. He said that graduate medical education program should have clear educational plans for training resident physicians and that if programs conduct graduate education in the same way as undergraduate medical education, “we’re not allowing the residents the thrill of discovering what they’re passionate about pursuing because we’re giving them prepackaged information.”

Wilson discussed factors that influence a person to pursue a mastery of their profession such as an inner drive and passion for the task at hand. It’s also important, he said, to spend time with true masters of their craft and to have exposure to role models, coaches and mentors.

Mastery requires that knowledge be laced with keen observation and communication skills as well as a curiosity and fascination with the human condition, Wilson said.

Many things, he said, must take place for one to be productive and successful in health care. That includes teamwork and encouragement along the way.

“It’s important that learners know that it is possible to master their pursuit,” Wilson said.

Healthy for Life program to offer free flu shots

Faculty, staff and their dependents enrolled in the UM Health Care plan are eligible to receive free flu shots as part of the Healthy for Life program.

Those getting the flu shot must bring their insurance card and a completed Flu Consent Form. The shots are also available to those not enrolled in a UM Health Care plan for $15. Flu Consent Forms can be downloaded at Wellness.

The shots will be available on Hospital Hill at three different times starting Sept. 26. Those times include from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 26, and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 at the School of Medicine, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the Dental School. They will also be available on the Volker Campus.

Flu Shot Schedule

  • Wednesday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. — Hospital Hill, Health Sciences Building, Room 4307
  • Wednesday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. — Volker, Student Union, Room 302
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Hospital Hill, School of Dentistry, 4th floor lobby
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. — Volker, Administrative Center, Plaza Room
  • Tuesday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Volker, Administrative Center, Brookside Room
  • Wednesday, Oct. 31, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. — Hospital Hill, School of Medicine, M3-C05

SOM, TMC participate in Best Practices for Better Care initiative

Alan Salkind, M.D., (right) professor of internal medicine, meets with his group working on the preventable hospital readmissions component of the Best Practices for Better Care initiative on June 26 at Truman Medical Center. Best Practices for Better Care is a multi-year campaign to improve patient care and quality at teaching hospitals and health systems in the United States.

The UMKC School of Medicine and Truman Medical Centers (TMC) have joined medical schools and teaching hospitals around the country in a multi-year initiative aimed to improve the quality and safety of health care. The initiative, Best Practices for Better Care, is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), an alliance of academic medical centers, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services through their Partnership for Patients Program.

Best Practices for Better Care will help put patient safety and quality methods into widespread use at teaching hospitals and health systems in the United States, combining academic medicine, education, research and clinical care. The goal is to put the power and skills of the academic medical center behind solving some of the common patient quality and safety problems through education, research, and clinical care.

The School identified this as an important initiative and was very excited to participate,” said Jill Moormeier, M.D., M.P.H., associate dean of Graduate Medical Education, who is coordinating the efforts by the School of Medicine with TMC. “We are a really good location to do stuff like this. Our students and residents are intimately involved in the care of patients and patient outcomes.”

The initiative began in June 2011 with participating medical schools and teaching hospitals gathering data during its first year.

The campaign recently released a progress report to the participating organizations that showed most hospital systems have in place well-established systems to improve patient care in the United States. But, Moormeier said, it was also clear there is some work to be done in educating students, residents and faculty in quality improvement.

Participating institutions, according to the AAMC, have committed to teaching quality and patient safety to the next generation of doctors; ensure safer surgery through use of surgical checklists; reduce infections from central lines using proven protocols; reduce hospital readmissions for high-risk patients; and research, evaluate, and share new and improved practices.

The School of Medicine and TMC will first tackle the preventable hospital readmissions component. Alan Salkind, M.D., professor of internal medicine, will be leading this endeavor.

According to Salkind, nearly 20 percent of Medicare hospitalizations are followed by readmission within 30 days, with 75 percent of these considered preventable. Readmissions within 30 days account for $15 billion of excess Medicare spending.

“Common reasons leading to hospital readmission are inadequate explanation to the patient about how to use medications after hospital discharge, recognition of warning signs that warrant a call to the patient’s physician, and lack of a timely post-discharge physician visit, all of which are preventable by clearly conveying information to patients and confirming understanding before discharge from the hospital,” Salkind said. “Another important objective of this project is to teach students and physicians the elements of discharging a patient from the hospital with appropriate and understandable instructions for their continued care.

“We want to determine and then fix the pitfalls in our discharge process that lead to preventable readmissions to the hospital. We will share that information with other medical schools and hospitals to develop best practices that reduce hospital readmissions.”

This project is scheduled to last for about six months, but as the School and TMC gather data, it may be extended. The campaign is ongoing.

John A. Spertus, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.C., Lauer/Missouri Endowed Chair and professor of internal medicine, and Shauna Roberts, M.D., ’84, professor of internal medicine, are members of Research on Care Community (ROCC), the research division of the Best Practices for Better Care initiative, established to serve as a home for academic leaders and their teams. Through webinars, peer-to-peer learning and other resources, members of ROCC will share strategies for building institutional effectiveness and implementation research.


Hickman selected for RWJF Workshop on Race, Health Disparities

Timothy P. Hickman, M.D., M.Ed., M.P.H.

Timothy P. Hickman, M.D., M.Ed., M.P.H., adjunct associate professor of the Department of Pediatrics, the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics and the Department of Medical Education and Research, has been selected as a participant to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Workshop on Race and Health Disparities. Hickman, who has also served as medical director for continuing medical education and director of cultural competency at the School of Medicine was one of 25 faculty members, researchers and graduate students selected in a national competitive application process. The five-day workshop, which will be June 18-22 in Ann Arbor, Mich., will focus on increasing knowledge and skills in measurement and indicators, research methods and use of secondary data sources in health disparities research.

“Not only is this an opportunity to participate in a learning community with scholars who represent social sciences, population health and health sciences from around the nation, but a chance to establish relationships that can lead to collaborative projects,” Hickman said.

While sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the workshop is part of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program in Quantitative Methods in Ann Arbor, Mich. The ICSPR was originally a partnership between the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan and 21 U.S. universities, but now it includes a consortium of more than 500 universities worldwide. It provides access to social science data sources and training in quantitative analysis using the resources. The instructors for the workshop include David R. Williams (School of Public Health/ African and African American Studies- Harvard University); Paula A. Braveman, (Family and Community Medicine-University of California-San Francisco); Patrick M. Krueger (Department of Sociology- University of Colorado-Denver); Gabriel Sanchez (Department of Political Science- University of New Mexico), and John Garcia, Archive Director of the Resource Center for Minority Data ( RCMD) (University of Michigan – ISR).


AAMC’s educational affairs group seeks executive committee members

The Central Group on Educational Affairs (CGEA) of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has four open positions on its executive committee that will be up for elections early next year. The CGEA is a regional organization of 37 medical schools that serves to encourage and facilitate communication among members while providing a forum for the discussion of medical education issues.

The open positions include:

  • Chair Elect: Serves for one year as Chair-Elect, two years as Chair and a year as Past-Chair. Joins executive committee after the spring meeting in March 2012.
  • Member at Large: Serves for three years as part of the conference program planning committee. Joins executive committee after the spring meeting in March 2012.
  • UGME Section Leader: Serves as leader for regional initiatives and represents CGEA at national level; the term involves one year as elect (2012) and two years on the executive committee (2013 & 2014).
  • RIME Section Leader: Serves as a leader for regional activities and represents CGEA at national level; the term involves one year as elect (2012) and two years on the executive committee (2013 & 2014).

Additional information about the positions can be found at the CGEA website under the CGEA leaders link.

The executive committee meets three times each year, during the spring, summer and at the AAMC annual meeting. Anyone interested in seeking one of the executive committee positions should contact Brian Marivs, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the Office of Medical Education Research and Development at Michigan State University at mavis@msu.edu. Nominations and self-nominations are welcomed.

Stuart Munro, M.D., named 2011 Pierson Teaching Award recipient

Dean Betty Drees, M.D., recognized Stuart Munro, M.D., chair of the Department of Psychiatry, and medical director and associate dean of the Center for Behavioral Medicine, as the 2011 Elmer F. Pierson Good Teaching Award recipient for the School of Medicine at the annual School of Medicine Faculty Dinner on Jan. 18 at the Westin Crown Center. Munro will officially receive the award at the UMKC Faculty and Staff Award Ceremony on March 12 at the Student Union.

The Pierson Award is given annually to outstanding teachers in the Bloch School and schools of Dentistry, Law and Medicine. The School of Medicine’s criteria requires clinical department chairs to submit a nominee to the Dean’s Coordinating Committee, based upon student evaluations.

Susan Wilson wins journalism award

Susan Wilson, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Susan Wilson, Ph.D., M.B.A., associate dean of diversity and community partnership, was among the seven KCUR 89.3 FM reporters awarded 2011 Kansas City Association of Black Journalists Awards. Wilson, along with Sylvia Maria Gross and Alex Smith, won in the News Magazine category for their KC Currents broadcasts including “Generation Rap’s Granddad Steps Down,” “African American Mothers Meet in Johnson County,” “Country Club Plaza is a Destination for Local Teenagers” and “Pianist Harold O’Neal: Translating Martial Arts into Jazz.”

KCUR is licensed to the Curators of the University of Missouri. Its studios are on the campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. KC Currents airs at 5 p.m. on Sundays with a rebroadcast on Mondays at 8 p.m.

Youngblood Medical Skills Lab is host of open house

Nicole Fearing, M.D. (left), clinical assistant professor of surgery and medical director for the Youngblood Medical Skills Lab, works on the Baby Hal mannequin with Sara Bower Youngblood at the lab’s open house on Oct. 14.

More than 40 faculty, staff and students attended an open house for the Youngblood Medical Skills Laboratory at the UMKC School of Medicine on Oct. 14. The guest of honor was Sara Bower Youngblood, widow of James J. Youngblood, M.D., whose vision spearheaded development of the lab into an important component of the School of Medicine’s curriculum.

The open house celebrated the lab’s ongoing success and highlighted its future goals. The lab provides a safe training environment for future physicians to practice simulated procedures and also work with standardized patients in preparation for their medical boards.

“The best part about the day was that Mrs. Youngblood got to see how it all started and has blossomed,” said Nicole Fearing, M.D., clinical assistant professor of surgery and medical director for the YMSL. “The lab has grown to encompass the whole School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Education, interdisciplinary training, and a standardized patient program.”

Mrs. Youngblood accompanied members of the Youngblood Society on a facility tour, which included a labor and delivery simulation using the YMSL’s Noelle and Baby Hal mannequins. David Mundy, M.D., associate professor of OB/GYN, delivered an introduction and history of the lab, and lauded its continual development.

Since its opening in 2007, the YMSL has expanded its inventory of high-fidelity simulation mannequins and other procedural training models that are regularly used by UMKC medical students. In addition to hosting UMKC’s Standardized Patient Program and Master of Science in Anesthesia program, the lab annually trains hundreds of students in the AHA’s CPR and ACLS curriculum. An EMT and paramedic curriculum will debut in 2012.

CGEA seeks proposals for 2012 spring meeting

The Central Group on Education Affairs, a regional group of the Association of American Medical Colleges, is calling for proposals for research presentations, panel discussions and workshops, and medical education resource exchange sessions at its 2012 Spring Conference, March 29-31, 2012, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

The conference provides a forum on the best practices in medical education and discussion on equipping medical educators with the skills needed to develop, implement and maintain successful curricular programs at all levels of training.

CGEA members may submit as many proposals as they wish. The deadline to submit a proposal is Dec. 1, 2011.

The “Call for Proposals” is available online at http://cgea.net/2012call.pdf. Participants may also submit their proposals online at http://ocrmedev.healthcare.uiowa.edu/cgea2012/.