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St. Catherine University will host second annual Interprofessional Education Summit

Healthcare educators and practitioners filled the Rauenhorst Ballroom at St. Catherine University during the inaugural summit. The second annual summit will be held May 1, 2013.
Healthcare educators and practitioners filled the Rauenhorst Ballroom at St. Catherine University during the inaugural summit. The second annual summit will be held May 1, 2013.
Photo by Hilary Stein '14.

On May 1, 2013, the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health will convene the Interprofessional Education Summit at St. Catherine University. The second annual healthcare summit, Harnessing the Forces for Change: Developing Interprofessional Teams, will bring leaders from education and practice together to foster interprofessional education (IPE).

The World Health Organization defines IPE as the method by which two or more professionals learn about, from and with each other to improve collaboration and health outcomes. IPE is one of the founding concepts for the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health—home to 37 healthcare associate, baccalaureate and graduate programs.

Improving healthcare

As healthcare becomes more complex,  collaboration between healthcare practitioners is critical to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, safety, and quality of patient care. Through IPE, healthcare professionals can build skills around team collaboration and team-based care, leading to better healthcare outcomes.

The Interprofessional Education Summit will highlight experiences of practitioners, healthcare leaders, students, and faculty. Attendees will gain fresh ideas to improve their practice.

The conference will encompass:

  • Understanding the distinction between interdisciplinary and interprofessional practice
  • Exploring the changing landscape of healthcare practice and relevance of interprofessional approaches
  • Hearing examples of how interprofessional practice could reduce care fragmentation
  • How developing skills around collaboration, communication and professionalism cultivate understanding of roles and responsibilities in the healthcare team
  • Learning where higher education and healthcare systems and providers are on the continuum of interprofessional practice


The summit will provide updates from HealthForce Minnesota and the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education at the University of Minnesota, as well as time for sharing best practices and a panel on implementing change.

Breakout sessions cover topics ranging from preparing new clinicians and cultivating collaborative teams, to improving patient outcomes. Also included will be sessions on clinical models, research on interprofessional teams, and curriculum development, as well as many real-world examples for implementing IPE.

Shelley Cohen Konrad PhD, LCSW, and Karen Pardue, MSN, RN, CNE, ANEF, will co-present the keynote address, entitled Not Left to Chance: Building and Sustaining an Interprofessional Culture for Campus and Clinical Education.

Konrad is director of the InterProfessional Education Collaborative Center for Excellence in Interprofessional Education at the University of New England, and Pardue is associate dean for Westbrook College of Health Professions at the University of New England.


Program registration begins at 7:15 a.m. and the program will run from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2013,  in Rauenhorst Hall in the student center, Coeur de Catherine on the St. Kate's St. Paul campus.

CME (Continuing Medical Education) and CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be available. Healthcare practice and educational leaders from all disciplines are welcome. Participants are encouraged to attend with their interprofessional teams.  

Admission to the summit is $165 for individuals or $125 for groups of four or more.

For more information or to register, visit the Interprofessional Education Summit website.


The Interprofessional Education Summit is co-sponsored by the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health at St. Catherine University and the Academic Health Center Office of Education at the University of Minnesota. Other collaborators include HealthPartners, HealthEast Care System and Fairview.

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March 19, 2013 by Melissa Kaelin

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