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Eastern Shore Collaborative for Interprofessional Education (ESCIPE)


The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report “Health Professions Education: A Bridge to Quality” cited working on an interdisciplinary team as one of five core competencies for healthcare professionals. Additionally, the IOM report states that “health professionals should be educated to deliver patient-centered care as members of an interdisciplinary team…[and] patients receive safer, high quality care when health care professionals work effectively in a team, communicated productively, and understood each other’s roles.” The World Health Organization (WHO) states that interprofessional education occurs when at least two professional students learn “about, from, and with” each other. Furthermore, it is well recognized that health care professionals must work collaboratively and in fully functional teams to meet the needs of patients and work within a dynamic health care delivery system. The WHO also emphasizes that collaboration and teamwork can best be achieved if it starts early, with students from different professions engaging in interactive learning with each other.

In October 2012, an inter-institutional and interprofessional team was created among faculty of several disciplines (nursing and respiratory therapy) at Salisbury University and (pharmacy, physical therapy, physician’s assistant, and rehabilitation services) at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The SU-UMES team attended the 2012 Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) conference and continued meeting monthly, alternating between both campuses, to develop the mission, goals, and priorities and has also started to implement several initiatives.

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To facilitate interprofessional educational opportunities and academic-practice partnerships among health care faculty, professionals, and students at Salisbury University and University of Maryland Eastern Shore to optimize health care outcomes.

Goals and Objectives

Working together with regional health care partners to:

  1. Prepare practice-ready graduates through effective interprofessional education to enter the increasingly complex healthcare workforce.

1.1  Design and implement interprofessional didactic courses for SU and UMES students

1.2  Provide interprofessional experiential opportunities for SU and UMES students

1.3 Implement interprofessional seminars for SU and UMES students

  1. Serve as a resource for interprofessional expertise facilitating educational, research and scholarship opportunities for supporting optimal patient-centered health care and outcomes.

2.1  Develop and provide needs based interprofessional workshops for faculty

  • Conduct a faculty needs assessment survey regarding interprofessional education (IPE) awareness and perception
  • Implement faculty development workshop

2.2  Facilitate and disseminate interprofessional research opportunities and scholarly development for faculty and students

2.3  Secure targeted funding to support collaborative activities

2.4  Develop guest-lecture resources, e.g. speakers bureau, for both SU and UMES campuses

2.5  Develop academic-workforce partnerships to meet current and future workforce needs

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Team Members

Nancy Rodriguez-Weller, RPh, FASCP, Chair Pharmacy & UMES IPE Committee
Meredith Madden, EdD, ATC, Co-Chair Athletic Training
Voncelia Brown, PhD, RN Nursing
Meghan East, M.S.P.A.S., PA-C, MLS Medical Lab Science
Michelle Gorman, DPT, PT, GCS Physical Therapy
Katherine Hinderer, PhD, RN, CCRN-K, CNE Nursing
Lisa Joyner, MEd, RRT, RRT-NPS Respiratory Therapy
Robert L. Joyner, Jr., PhD, RRT, RRT-ACCS, FAARC Respiratory Therapy
Dennis W. Klima, PT, PhD, GCS, NCS Physical Therapy
Jennifer Marvin, MSW, LGSW Social Work
Donna Ritenour, PhD Athletic Training
Leslie Santos, PhD, CRC Rehabilitation
Hoai-An Truong, PharmD, MPH, FNAP Pharmacy
Aaron Willis, PhD, LCSW Social Work

Leadership and Administrative Support

Rondall E. Allen, B.S., Pharm.D., Dean and Professor, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Michael S. Scott, PhD, GISP, Interim Dean and Professor, Henson School of Science and Technology, Salisbury University

Lisa Ball, Executive Administrative Assistant, Henson School of Science and Technology, Salisbury University

Former Chairs and Co-Chairs

Hoai-An Truong, PharmD, MPH, FNAP (Chair 2012-2014)

Katherine Hinderer, PhD, RN, CCRN-K, CNE (Chair 2014-2017, Co-Chair 2012-2014)

Dennis Klima, PT, PhD, GCS, NCS (Co-Chair 2014-2017)

Former Team Members and Support

Gretchen I. Riker, PharmD Pharmacy
Nicholas R. Blanchard, PharmD, MEd (Former Dean) University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Dennis M. Killian, PharmD, PhD (Former Dean) University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Patrick Dougherty, PharmD Pharmacy
Annette Rogers University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Donna F. Parker, MD Physician Assistant
Peter Sanford, PA Physician Assistant
Kimberly van Vulpen, PhD, MSW Social Work
Jenny Toonstra (Sabbatical replacement) Athletic Training
Karen Olmstead, PhD (Former Dean) Salisbury University
Cathy Ferraro, MS, RDN, LDN Dietetics
G. Lawrence Hogue, PharmD Pharmacy
Adriana Rangel, MPH, RRT Respiratory Therapy
William B. Talley, RhD, CRC Rehabilitation
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