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Faculty publishes research on innovative curriculum in national journal

Wednesday, December 22, 2020

Scranton, Pennsylvania – Faculty of The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) has recently published two research papers in the scientific and medical research journal, Advances of Medical Education and Practice, (November 2010). The research papers seek to describe the innovative features and concepts of interprofessional education (IPE) in medical school education and introduce the first regional model of IPE education in the US, developed by TCMC.

The research papers, Inter-professional Education: A Concept Analysis and A Regional Model of Interprofessional Education, were written by Maria Olenick, CRNP, PhD (c), director of the Clinical Skills & Simulation Center of TCMC and co-authored by faculty members of TCMC, the School of Nursing at Widener University, Nesbitt College of Pharmacy and Nursing at Wilkes University and The University of Scranton.

“We should be very proud that TCMC and the academic institutions in our region are the first to introduce a model in which health professionals learn together,” stated Robert D’Alessandri, MD, TCMC President and Dean. “We could not have achieved this without the unified support and collaboration of the institutions we are working with across the region,” Dr. D’Alessandri continued.

IPE is a teaching and learning process that fosters collaborative work between two or more different healthcare professions to address the problems of fragmentation in the healthcare delivery system. Through the development of the Northeast Pennsylvania (NEPA) Interprofessional Education Coalition (IPEC), TCMC along with its regional partners consisting of undergraduate, postgraduate and health profession institutions in the 16-county area, developed the first regional model of IPE. In this new model of education, each institution integrates IPE educational components into its healthcare professions educational curricula including: collaborative care seminars, interprofessional panel sessions, simulation center activities, case-based interprofessional sessions and simulations, webinars, and innovative environment interactive exercises. In this team-based approach, students learn with, from, and about each health care profession with the goal of optimizing patient care and safety outcomes.

NEPA IPEC members include: TCMC, Misericordia University, King’s College, Wilkes University, Marywood University, Lackawanna College, Luzerne County Community College, Lycoming College, Johnson College, University of Scranton, Pennsylvania College of Technology, East Stroudsburg University, Lock Haven University, Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Keystone College, Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education Internal Medicine Residency Program, Wyoming Valley Family Medicine Residency Program, and Williamsport Family Medicine Residency Program.
In March 2009, NEPA IPEC held its first annual IPE conference to unite healthcare educators, researchers and other stakeholders to examine collaborative approaches for successful IPE implementation. In April 2010, the first regional IPE Collaborative Summit was held in Northeastern Pennsylvania, consisting of four concurrent seminars with more than 350 students enrolled in medical school and pharmacy, nursing, physician assistant, physical/occupational therapy, nutrition, social work, paramedic and radiology technician programs from twelve universities and colleges across the region. Co-chairs of the Summit were: Maria Olenick, CRNP, PhD (c), director, Clinical Skills & Simulation Center, TCMC and Edward Foote, PharmD, professor and chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, Wilkes University.

Advances in Medical Education and Practice is an international, peer reviewed, open access journal that aims to present and publish research on medical education covering medical, dental, nursing and allied healthcare professional education. The journal covers undergraduate education, post graduate training and continuing medical education including emerging trends and innovative models linking education, research, and healthcare services.

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