Interprofessional Education

IPElogoGeisinger Commonwealth is dedicated to interprofessional education (IPE), and therefore it is a consistent thread throughout the College’s curriculum. IPE is a vital aspect of medical school training and as such requires experiential time during the clinical phase. A curriculum that includes a continuous IPE thread of an evolving paradigm of healthcare will prepare Geisinger Commonwealth students for the team-based medical environment of the real healthcare world.

IPE begins in the MD1 year with an “Early Learner” event. This experience involves interprofessionalism and ethics using small groups and a large group debrief. Included are medical, nursing, and pharmacy students. The interprofessional groups created for the Early Learner event continue together in the MD2 year. During the MD2 year these groups are brought together for activities in interprofessional communication. The MD2 students also have a clinical IPE experience during their Community Weeks’ time. The MD3 students participate in both an interprofessional simulation and the NECPA/IPEC annual summit as described below. A mandatory two-week IPE selective for MD4 students is designed to deliver focused interprofessional team experience during year four rotations. Additional IPE activities include a geriatric session in the MD1 year, patient presentations throughout the first 2 years led by various healthcare practitioners including occupational and physical therapy, a discharge plan workshop in MD3 year with pharmacy students, and if desired by the student an interprofessional global medical missions.

The root of IPE is in the Geisinger Commonwealth-founded Northeast/Central Pennsylvania Interprofessional Education Coalition (NECPA/IPEC) – a group of faculty members from 11 different colleges and universities in the region whose goal is to introduce interprofessional experience to all healthcare students. This coalition conducts an IPE summit annually, which involves students from 17 different disciplines and across Geisinger Commonwealth’s three regional campuses. A case is reviewed by a larger group followed by small group discussion concerning interaction with the proposed patient by the different disciplines.

The NECPA/IPEC is also dedicated to faculty development and hosted a Faculty Development Day at Geisinger Commonwealth in the spring every other year. The most recent took place in May 2015 and included a keynote by a national leader in IPE.

History

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) was instrumental in founding interprofessional education in the region. In September 2007, Geisinger Commonwealth invited the chairs and program directors of all healthcare programs in the three regional campuses to join its first Curriculum Committee. Seventeen different healthcare leaders joined the committee, and in June 2008 when Geisinger Commonwealth had sufficient faculty for the Geisinger Commonwealth Curriculum Committee, this group of interprofessional leaders decided to remain together and turn their focus toward regional IPE. The Northeast/Central Pennsylvania Interprofessional Education Coalition (NECPA/IPEC) was then formed. This coalition has grown and become more active in teaching students and faculty about interprofessional education.

Peer-reviewed Publications and Published Abstracts

Development and Evaluation of a Regional, Large-Scale Interprofessional Collaborative Care Summit. Foote E1, Clarke V2, Szarek JL3, Waters SK4, Walline V5, Shea D6, Goss S7, Farrell M8, Easton D9, Dunleavy E10, Arscott K11Journal of Allied Health, Summer 2015, Vol 44, No (2):e23-e28. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26046124  refereed

John L Szarek, Wendy Manetti, Debbie Zielinski, Colleen Heckman, Diane Shea, Karen Arscott, Antonio Pellegrino, Mary Triano, and Deirdre Spelman. Trials and Tribulations in the Development of a Simulation-Based Interprofessional Education Activity. Medical Science Educator  IAMSE 2013 Volume 23(3S). page 541

Development, Implementation and Evaluation of A Novel Fourth Year Interprofessional Clerkship. Foote E; Arscott K; McHenry-Sorber E; Medical Science Educator. 2016 (Accepted with minor revisions)

Foote EF, Szarek J, Arscott K, Vaskalis Z. An Interprofessional Education Summit: Differences in Perceptions Between Medicine and Pharmacy Students. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 2013:77(5) Article 109. (Abstract) Available at http://www.ajpe.org/doi/pdf/10.5688/ajpe775109.

Foote E, Szarek J, Arscott K, Brady J, Clarke V, Easton D, Farrell M, Goss S, Walline V, Waters S. A Large Scale, Collaborative Care Summit to Promote Interprofessional Learning: Ischemic Stroke. MedEdPORTAL; 2013. Available at: www.mededportal.org/publication/9306.

Simoyan OM, Townsend JM. Improving the health of Northeastern Pennsylvania through medical education and community engagement, Public Voices. 2012; Vol XII, No. 2. Available at: http://www.institutepa.org/PDF/FacultyResearch/pvjournal.pdf

Olenick M, Foote EF, Vanston P, Szarek J, Vaskalis Z, Dimattio MJ, Smego RA. A regional model of interprofessional education. Advances in Medical Education and Practice. 2011;2:17-23. Available at: DovePress

Szarek JL, Vaskalis ZT, Olenick M, Farrell M, DiMattio MJK. Effects of a Specific Interprofessional Education Experience on Health Sciences Students Attitudes Toward Interprofessional Teamwork and Education. Simulation in Healthcare 2011, 5:414.(Abstract)

Presentations at Professional Meetings

“A Regional Model of Interprofessional Education: The NECPA IPEC Experience”. Foote EF. Presented as a school poster at the 114th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), Chicago, Illinois. July 15, 2013. 

“An Interprofessional Education Summit: Differences in Perceptions Between Medicine and Pharmacy Students.” Foote EF, Szarek J, Arscott K, Vaskalis Z. Presented as a poster at the 114th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), Chicago, Illinois. July 15, 2013.

“A Required Interprofessional Clerkship for Fourth Year Medical Students at The Commonwealth Medical College”. Poster presentation by E. Foote, M. Clifton and K. Shenberger. National Academy of Practice, Annual Meeting. April 5th and 6th, 2013. Alexandria, VA. 

“The Collaborative Care Summit, an Interprofessional Educational Experience for 556 students, 122 facilitators at 7 sites in one afternoon. How did they do that?!” Podium presentation by J. Szarek and E Foote. IMSH 2013, Society for Simulation in Health Care. January 24-30th, 2013. Orlando Florida. “

“A Collaborative Care Summit: A Regional Model of Interprofessional Education.” Podium presentation by K. Arscott, D. Haleem, and E. Foote. Interprofessional Care for the 21st Century: Redefining Education and Practice, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. May 18, 2012. Philadelphia, PA.

“Effects of a Specific Interprofessional Education Experience on Health Sciences Students Attitudes Toward Interprofessional Teamwork and Education.” Poster presentation by J.L. Szarek, ZT Vaskalis, M. Olenick, M. Farrell and MJK DiMattio. IMSH 2011, Simulation in Healthcare. January 23-26, 2011. New Orleans LA.

Presentations at Professional Meetings

“A Regional Model of Interprofessional Education: The NECPA IPEC Experience”. Foote EF. Presented as a school poster at the 114th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), Chicago, Illinois. July 15, 2013.  

“An Interprofessional Education Summit: Differences in Perceptions Between Medicine and Pharmacy Students.” Foote EF, Szarek J, Arscott K, Vaskalis Z. Presented as a poster at the 114th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), Chicago, Illinois. July 15, 2013.  

“A Required Interprofessional Clerkship for Fourth Year Medical Students at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine”. Poster presentation by E. Foote, M. Clifton and K. Shenberger. National Academy of Practice, Annual Meeting. April 5th and 6th, 2013. Alexandria, VA.

“The Collaborative Care Summit, an Interprofessional Educational Experience for 556 students, 122 facilitators at 7 sites in one afternoon. How did they do that?!” Podium presentation by J. Szarek and E Foote. IMSH 2013, Society for Simulation in Health Care. January 24-30th, 2013. Orlando Florida.

“A Collaborative Care Summit: A Regional Model of Interprofessional Education.” Podium presentation by K. Arscott, D. Haleem, and E. Foote. Interprofessional Care for the 21st Century: Redefining Education and Practice, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. May 18, 2012. Philadelphia, PA.

“Effects of a Specific Interprofessional Education Experience on Health Sciences Students Attitudes Toward Interprofessional Teamwork and Education.” Poster presentation by J.L. Szarek, ZT Vaskalis, M. Olenick, M. Farrell and MJK DiMattio. IMSH 2011, Simulation in Healthcare. January 23-26, 2011. New Orleans LA.