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

Thursday, March 19, 2020

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; Barry Linger, EdD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, The Commonwealth Medical College; 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.

“As we face continuing changes in the public’s health care needs, it is so important that we are able to be flexible and move toward an interprofessional approach to education. The result of these efforts will hopefully be a more patient-centered approach to healthcare.” stated Barry Linger, EdD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, The Commonwealth Medical College. 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 Wyoming Valley Family Medicine Residency Program.