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Symposium places focus on interprofessional education

School of Medicine faculty members Brett Ferguson, D.D.S, chair of oral and maxillofacial surgery (second from left), and Mark Steele, M.D. ’80, chief medical officer and COO of Truman Medical Centers (middle), took part in a panel discussion on interprofessional education.

Faculty from the UMKC Health Sciences Campus at Hospital Hill recently attended the Fourth Annual Interprofessional Education Symposium: Building a Bridge Between Education and Practice in the Bloch Executive Hall Auditorium.

The UMKC Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Health Studies, and Pharmacy continue to emphasize interprofessional education in curriculum through large-scale instructional activities and at clinics through team grants.

Attendees said they want to increase the infusion of team education and practice in the curriculum because it is best for patient care.

“Hospitals are the third leading cause of death, and when you say that out loud, it’s frightening,” said Karen Cox, executive vice president and COO at Children’s Mercy, a panel speaker at the event. “That’s why we have to work together. We may be different, but not that different.”

Other panel speakers included Mark Steele, chief medical officer and COO at Truman Medical Centers; Tony Huke, clinical manager and residency director at Truman Medical Centers; Brett Ferguson, chair of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Truman Medical Centers; and Felicia Menefee, chief nursing officer ambulatory care at Saint Luke’s Hospital. Mattie Schmitt, professor emerita at University of Rochester, was the keynote speaker.

Donald Bowman, a patient, provided his perspective.

“Remember that an important member of an interprofessional team is the patient,” he said. “It’s important that team members, though they are likely to change, communicate deeply and thoroughly with their colleagues and show me that they care.”

Health sciences schools bring interprofessional education in focus

Students from the UMKC health sciences schools on the Hospital Hill campus participated in joint interprofessional education learning activities on Sept. 13 throughout the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Building.
Students from the UMKC health sciences schools on the Hospital Hill campus participated in joint interprofessional education learning activities on Sept. 13 at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Building.

UMKC will take center stage at the Kauffman Foundation Center on Dec. 2 with a seminar on how its health sciences schools are working together to promote and implement interprofessional education.

Former School of Medicine Dean Betty Drees, M.D., and School of Pharmacy Dean Russ Melchert, Ph.D., collaborated to bring about the seminar and provide a look at how the schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing and health studies, and pharmacy are working to promote interprofessional education in the areas of student research, student-led social activities, global health initiatives, curriculum and assessment, and diversity. As part of the program, faculty members will display work in those areas and share information about upcoming activities across the health sciences campus, said Stefanie Ellison, M.D., School of Medicine associate dean for curriculum.

“Developing a culture of interprofessional practice and collaboration is a goal on this health professions campus in order to provide safe and high quality care for patients in Kansas City,” Ellison said.

Ellison and the School of Medicine took part in organizing the first joint curricular activity among the health sciences schools last February. A second interprofessional activity, Dr. Hotspot and the Ethical Delivery of Care, took place on September 13 with classes held throughout the School of Medicine and the Health Sciences Building.

The activity, developed jointly by the health science schools on the Hospital Hill campus, included more than 465 students and nearly 50 faculty and student facilitators. The overall focus of the September class was on exploring values and ethics in team-based delivery of care, Ellison said. The class allowed students to work on an original case focusing on chronic disease and to understand and manage their patient’s social determinants of health as they answered questions and created a plan for their patient.

Classes were based on the small group learning sessions of student teams that began working together at the February 2014 activity. Those interprofessional students groups, called IMPACTs (Interprofessional Medical Patient Advocacy and Collaborative Teams), worked together before the class to identify the resources needed for their own patient population and to prepare for discussion on the day of the event a list of resources necessary for their practice area. Students were also asked to watch a video by Dr. Atul Gwande, a nationally recognized leader in health reform also known as Dr. Hotspot, to prepare for the event.

“There are more curriculum activities in IPE planned for our students in the upcoming years,” Ellison said.