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.
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.
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