About a year ago academic leaders from UNCG, High Point University and North Carolina A&T established a collaborative working group with the goal of developing high quality interprofessional education and practice (IPE & P) experience for our health professional students. That includes nursing, PA, and social work students. The challenges of creating an IPE & P collaboration among three universities are enormous, but great progress is being made. To launch the initiative, the three universities have planned a small pilot consisting of three workshops this year. The first workshop was Sept. 10, 2015. The others are Oct. 8, 2015, and Feb. 4, 2016.
On Sept. 10, 2015, the first Triad Interprofessional Health Collaborative Student Workshop took place in the Cone Moses Hospital AHEC Conference Rooms. The workshop was planned and implemented by UNCG School of Nursing faculty Robin Remsburg, Heidi Krowchuk, Susan Denman, Sue Letvak, and Angela Newman, along with faculty from the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences, UNCG Department of Social Work, NC A&T School of Nursing and Department of Social Work, and High Point University’s School of Pharmacy, School of Health Sciences, Physical Therapy program, and Physician Assistant program.
There was time for group / team formation and team building; learning more about the various disciplines; and delving into principles of effective IP communication as well as strategies to improve it. The session ended with a group simulation experience with a standardized patient.