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The Commonwealth Medical College Presents 1st Annual Interprofessional Education (IPE) Conference

Thursday, March 19, 2020

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The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) in partnership with Misericordia University is presenting the 1st Annual Interprofessional Education Conference (IPE) on Friday, March 20th at Misericordia University, Insalaco Hall from 8am – 3pm.

Educators, health professionals, social service professionals, researchers and other interested stakeholders were invited to attend and examine collaborative approaches toward interprofessional education and its impact on healthcare. Speakers at the conference include John H.V. Gilbert, PhD, FCAHS, Founding Principal and Professor Emeritus, College of Health Disciples, the University of British Columbia and Project Lead on the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative; Mary Lou Manning, RN, PhD, CPNP, Associate Professor at Thomas Jefferson University, College of Health Professions, School of Nursing and Maria Olenick, RN, MS, CRNP, Director of the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center, The Commonwealth Medical College.

The program, sponsored by TCMC and the NEPA Interprofessional Education Coalition, is the first of its kind in the region. “This is a very exciting step in true collaboration among the health profession programs within this region. Communication and collaboration among all of these wonderful healthcare resources will result in a better and more effective educational experience for the students that are training to be in the field of healthcare.” stated Maria Olenick, RN, MS, CRNP Director of the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center, The Commonwealth Medical College.

The conference identifies interprofessional education benefits, teaching strategies and evaluation methods; examines the impact of interprofessional teams on healthcare delivery and outcomes; develops specific strategies of incorporating IPE into the education of healthcare professionals and develops ideas for the incorporation of IPE into curricula.

Members of the NEPA Interprofessional Education Coalition include Bloomsburg University, East Stroudsburg University, Johnson College, King’s College, Lackawanna College, Lock Haven University, Luzerne County Community College, Lycoming College, Mansfield University, Marywood University, Misericordia University, NEPA Area Health Education Center (NEPA AHEC), Pennsylvania College of Technology, Penn State Worthington and Hazleton, The Commonwealth Medical College, University of Scranton, Wilkes University, Scranton-Temple Residency Program, Susquehanna Health System Family Medicine Residency Program and the Wyoming Valley Family Medicine Residency Program.

Participants were able to register online at

The Commonwealth Medical College is a new medical school that will serve all of Northeastern Pennsylvania and expects to accept sixty medical students and thirty Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) students in 2009. The College has campuses in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport. The Commonwealth Medical College is dedicated to training the next generation of physicians in a community-based model. Focusing on selecting students with a propensity for community service, the school’s unique structure is designed to provide these students with diverse clinical experiences from the very first day of their education. For information please go to