Health Sciences Schools Bring Interprofessional Education in Focus

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 and School of Pharmacy Dean Russ Melchert organized the seminar to discuss how the schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Health Studies and Pharmacy are collaborating in the areas of student research, student-led social activities, global health initiatives, curriculum and assessment and diversity.

As part of the seminar, faculty members will display work in those areas and share information about upcoming interprofessional education activities across the Hospital Hill campus, said Stefanie Ellison, School of Medicine associate dean for curriculum.

Ellison and the School of Medicine took part in organizing the first joint curricular activity among the health sciences schools this past February. 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.

An interprofessional class in September class emphasized exploring values and ethics in team-based delivery of care. 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 earlier in the year. 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 Atul Gwande, a nationally recognized leader in health reform also known as Dr. Hotspot, to prepare for the event.

Additional curriculum activities in interprofessional education are planned for students in the future.