Faculty, staff and students from the Health Sciences Schools – Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City came together on Tuesday, November 27 to listen, learn and engage with experts from the health professions as they discussed the importance of interprofessional education and its potential impact on the changing face of healthcare delivery in the United States.
Panelists included Dr. Carol Aschenbrener Chief Medical Education Officer, Association of Medical Colleges; Dr. Lucinda Maine, Executive Vice President and CEO, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy; Dr. Jane Kirschling, President, American Association of Colleges of Nursing; Dr. Leo Rouse, Dean, Howard University College of Dentistry; and Ms. Melissa J. Robinson, President, Black Health Care Coalition, who brought to the audience a shared message of patient-centeredness through collaboration, accountability and respect, with trust at the core of quality healthcare delivery.
Interprofessional education for health professions students and faculty emerged from a need for more coordinated health delivery through placing interprofessional teams in clinics and at the bedsides of patients. Four core competencies were developed around values and ethics, roles and responsibilities, interprofessional communication and teams and teamwork. At the very heart of IPE is the patient, who is considered an active participant in the development of a healthcare plan.
The national panel was followed by a panel of faculty members from the four health sciences schools who shared first steps in developing IPE at UMKC.
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