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Innovative Collaborative Approaches in Healthcare Introduced at First Interprofessional Education Seminar

Wednesday, April 21, 2020

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Wilkes-Barre, PA – On Tuesday, April 13, 2020, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Interprofessional Education Coalition (NEPA-IPEC) held four concurrent seminars with more than 350 students from twelve universities and colleges across the region to promote collaboration to improve the delivery of patient care. Co-chairs of the NEPA-IPEC Collaborative Summit were:  Edward Foote, PharmD, Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, Wilkes University, and Maria Olenick, CRNP, PhD (c), Director, Clinical Skills & Simulation Center, The Commonwealth Medical College. This joint effort is the first in the country to use a regional approach to introduce the concept of interprofessional education with students from various institutions and healthcare disciplines to pioneer the advancement of healthcare education.   

The NEPA-IPEC, founded by The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) in 2008, is a collaborative effort between local and regional universities and colleges offering healthcare programs in Luzerne, Lackawanna and Lycoming counties. Students enrolled in pharmacy, medical school, nursing, physician assistant, physical/occupational therapy, nutrition, social work, paramedic and radiology technician programs participated in group sessions hosted by Misericordia University, Marywood University, University of Scranton and Pennsylvania College of Technology. Each group observed a patient case scenario and then discussed their individual roles and responsibilities in a collaborative team approach to patient care.