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Summer 2016 Michigan IPE Roundup

The leafy-green U-M campus may have seemed quiet during the summer, but champions for IPE were busy learning and leading, at home and on the road.

Train the Trainers

Two University of Michigan faculty teams participated in three days of workshops in Seattle designed to prepare them to lead in IPE across the learning continuum—from classroom-based activities to collaborative practice in clinical and community sites. The “train the trainer” program was organized through the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education and sponsored by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.  

Caption for photo above: Members of the two U-M faculty teams are pictured here, with consultants from the Taubman Health Sciences Library (THSL) and Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT): Back row from left: Marilyn Filter (U-M Flint Nursing and Health Professions and Studies), Emily Ginier (THSL), Jolene Bostwick (Pharmacy), Diana Ellis (Dentistry), Tom Templin (Kinesiology). Front row from left: Melissa Gross (Kinesiology), Debbie Mattison (Social Work), Minal Patel (SPH), Gina Shereda (CRLT).

Michigan IPE at the National Summit

At the National Center Summit on the Future of IPE  in Minneapolis in late August, a cohort of U-M faculty and staff were aboard for two days of visioning and collaborating.  Frank Ascione, director of the Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education, mainly attended sessions focused on building a successful IPE program. “From what I heard, we are on the right track,” he said.

Discussions at the summit around how to shift grassroots projects to organizational initiatives caught the attention of attendee Leslie Smith (U-M-Flint, and an inaugural U-M Interprofessional Leadership Fellow). “Professions such as PT and OT are trying to catch up with IPEC initiatives,” she said. “We are ready and wanting to collaborate.”

The overarching theme of the summit was the intersection between interprofessional education and collaborative practice. National Center director Barbara Brandt advised attendees to stay attuned to the rapid changes in healthcare, calling out value-based care as a “forcing event.” Opening plenary panelists warned that health professions must not respond to these changes in isolation and called for dismantling what is often described as professional tribalism. “If we don’t change the culture, we will never adapt to changing models,” said Dr. Jenny Mladenovic, executive vice president and provost of Oregon Health and Science University.

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