Interprofessional Education builds skill sets, ignites collaboration

BUIES CREEK, North Carolina – Campbell University’s Interprofessional Education (CUIPE) initiative held a new workshop entitled The Nuts and Bolts of IPE on July 20 for faculty and staff from the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, and the Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Leading by example, the Office of Interprofessional Education worked collaboratively with faculty members of the School of Education to design a workshop that featured techniques for success in small group learning and facilitation. This workshop was created to meet the need for more interactions among health sciences programs. As the programs interact more, students will learn how to effectively collaborative while keeping patients at the center of their work.
“This workshop gave me things to put in my toolbox that I needed. It set the standard for how I should be teaching our students,” shared Marge Taylor, DPT, assistant professor of health professional studies.

Another attendee, Kayla Clark, Program Coordinator for Clinical Research, shared, “Our master’s program is completely online so it’s hard to keep the students engaged in the topic, but the facilitators from the School of Education gave us a wide variety of tools to use not only in the physical classroom but, the online classroom as well.”

Betty Lynne Johnson, Assistant Dean for Interprofessional Education, challenged participants at the end of the workshop to begin thinking of ways to foster interprofessional education at Campbell University throughout the upcoming academic year. She plans to follow up with participants in a year to evaluate how the program is influencing the way classes are taught and students are engaged.

“It’s exciting and encouraging to see workshop participants already collaborating,” said Johnson. “CUIPE is clearly making a difference as it continues to offer support for the development of teamwork and communication among health care professionals.”