More than 400 students from all of UMB’s seven schools attended IPE Day “to learn with, from, and about one another.” The fourth annual event was held April 13 by UMB’s Center for Interprofessional Education. A large group attended from UMB programs at the Universities at Shady Grove.
UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, spoke of “the power of team,” and Center Director and UM School of Nursing Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, urged the students to get the most from the multi-disciplinary program. To facilitate their learning in small groups, 30 faculty members performed as mentors after having undergone training along with 40 other faculty members.
In the groups, standardized patients revealed their symptoms, and a team of future health-care and human-services providers came up with a care plan. Among the mentors were Elsie Stines, DNP ’15, MS, CRNP, who together with Perman conducts the interdisciplinary President’s Clinic, and Maryland Carey Law Dean Donald B. Tobin, JD.
Overseeing IPE Day were the center’s co-directors, Heather B. Congdon, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, assistant dean for the School of Pharmacy program at USG; and David B. Mallott, MD, associate professor and associate dean for medical education at the School of Medicine.
As a wrapup, all 10 groups united during a comment session in which students used terms such as “enlightened” and “eye opener” to describe the experience of working with peers who would be entering other professions. The camaraderie grew more festive during a raffle.
A buffet supper was served at the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center, where many of the activities took place. IPE Day was supported by a gift from James Earl Jr., PhD, and Sylvia Earl.