UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS
OCTOBER 23, 2013
CONTACT: Lorrie George-Paschal, associate professor, at 501-450-5564 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interprofessional Forum for the
College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
When: 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, October 29
Where: Reynolds Performance Hall and Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center
Details: Approximately 330 undergraduate and graduate students from eight disciplines within the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences will attend a half-day professional session to increase their readiness for interprofessional practice. Students from dietetics, health education, nursing, kinesiology, occupational therapy, psychology, physical therapy, and speech language pathology (CSD) will spend part of the day working on a video-based case study. They will share their professional roles and collaborate to plan team-based interventions. Students will also discuss specific ways each profession could contribute to screening and community programming to improve balance and safety for older adults.
The CHBS has held the IPE Forum each year since 2010 with over 500 students participating. Through research, participating faculty within the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences has found the forum to be effective in increasing students’ readiness for interprofessional practice. Results related to the efficacy of this approach to teaching interprofessional education has been disseminated through six national presentations and two refereed publications. Results are consistent with the Interprofessional Education Commission’s Collaborative Expert Panel’s (IPEC) guidelines for interprofessional practice. Plans are underway for the disciplines to provide service learning in the Spring of 2014.