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Healthcare educators and practitioners unite for IPE Summit

Karen Pardue, MSN, RN, of the InterProfessional Education Collaborative speaks during the Interprofessional Education Summit held at St. Catherine University on May 1, 2013.
Karen Pardue, MSN, RN, of the InterProfessional Education Collaborative speaks during the Interprofessional Education Summit held at St. Catherine University on May 1, 2013.
Photo by Hilary Stein '14.

The Interprofessional Education (IPE) Summit, held on May 1, 2013, brought professionals from healthcare education and practice together under one common goal: To further the use of interprofessional collaboration leading to better health outcomes.

Hosted by the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health, the Summit included presentations from several of Minnesota's healthcare leaders as well as an update from the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education at the University of Minnesota by Senior Advisor Frank Cerra, M.D., and an update on HealthForce Minnesota initiatives by Valerie DeFor.

Karen Pardue, MS, RN, and Shelley Cohen Konrad, Ph.D., both from the InterProfessional Education Collaborative at the University of New England, gave the keynote address, encouraging universities, hospitals and clinics to make training to work across healthcare professions, also known as interprofessional education, a priority.

A panel was also convened to discuss the impact of interprofessional education on academic programs and the healthcare workforce. The panel included DeFor of HealthForce Minnesota; Brian Sick of the University of Minnesota; Kathy Bell of Century College; and Gretchen Moen, CNP and CEO of Eagan Child and Family Care.

Those in attendance shared their own experiences around IPE during a networking lunch, and had the opportunity to attend several breakout sessions in the afternoon, with tracks ranging from Preparing New Clinicians and Cultivating Collaborative Teams to Improving Patient Outcomes.

Each breakout session demonstrated how to implement interprofessional education (IPE) in real settings, detailing specific examples of IPE success stories in academic programs and in the healthcare workforce. Presentations featured the work of Pardue and Konrad to design and implement IPE curriculum and promote faculty learning, and the work of Fairview Health Services to develop adaptive and patient-centered teams in the interest of better population health. 

Faculty from the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health also had the opportunity to present on their interprofessional education partnership with North Memorial Hospital and the new collaboration with Carondelet Village to promote interprofessional care in a geriatric setting.

Sponsors of the event included HealthPartners, HealthEast Care System, Fairview, and the University of Minnesota, which provided CMEs and CEs. The next Interprofessional Education Summit will be held in the spring of 2014.

May 9, 2013 by Melissa Kaelin

See also: Faculty, Healthcare