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Annual Competition Encourages Interprofessional Collaboration

11 May 2012 No Comment


Team one presents its case to the judges. From left: Danielle Hume, SON; Eric Wong, SOP; Nabeela Abid, SOL; Cassie Peoples, SSW; and Colleen Potter Howard, PT. (Photo provided by Janet Lee)

University students collaborated and competed with each other during the annual Interprofessional Patient Management Competition (IPMC) on March 29 at the School of Pharmacy. 

Forty-five students participated in the event as members of teams that equally represented the schools of law, nursing, pharmacy, and social work, and the School of Medicine’s Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. 

“This competition is a wonderful example of interprofessional education for our campus,” says Patricia Morton, PhD, RN, ACNP, FAAN, associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Nursing and co-chair of University President Jay A. Perman’s Interprofessional Education (IPE) Task Force, which was established to broaden opportunities for interdisciplinary education. “The event provides a unique opportunity for the students to practice team-based care.”

“The IPMC has become an invaluable learning experience and educational process to instill in the minds of student professionals the value of an interprofessional health care team approach to patient care,” says James Trovato, PharmD, MBA, BCOP, FASHP, associate professor at the School of Pharmacy. Trovato introduced the event in 2000, modeling it on the Clinical Skills Competition conducted by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). 

During the IPMC, each team had an hour and a half to examine a case constructed by Trovato and faculty from the IPMC steering committee. The contestants addressed the case’s urgent medical, social, and legal problems by providing a written summary and oral presentation to faculty judges. 

The first-place winners of this year’s competition were Hanna Levinson from the Francis King Carey School of Law; Daniel Ceppos, School of Nursing; Anna Le, School of Pharmacy; Bonnie Gilbert, School of Medicine; and Nancy Eddy, School of Social Work. 

The School of Social Work competed in the event for the first time this year. 

“We were delighted to participate and look forward to being a leader in future interprofessional events,” says Melissa Bellin, PhD, MSW, assistant professor at the School and a member of the IPMC steering committee. 

The event was sponsored by the University’s Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research Program, the University Student Government Association, Phi Lambda Sigma, ASHP, and the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists. 

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