Nearly 700 students participate in Interprofessional Education’s Activity Day

IPE Activity Day table discussion

The Office of Interprofessional Education (CUIPE) hosted the first of two Activity Day events on Feb. 5.  

At the spring 2019 event, CUIPE featured nearly 30 sessions, which were attended by nearly 700 students. Developed by faculty, staff and student volunteers, the sessions offered insights into the athletic training, nursing, osteopathic medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacy practice, physical therapy, physician assistant and public health programs.

Activity Day sessions typically are interactive or hands-on in nature and vary in terms of specific topic areas. However, the major underlying theme of each Activity Day session remains the same: the importance of interprofessional collaboration.

“Collaborative and comprehensive patient care is essential in earning the trust of our future patients,” said Kayla Williamson, a PharmD Candidate. “IPE events give us the opportunity to practice working as a collective healthcare team.”

Some of this spring’s sessions included:

  • Interprofessional Simulation
  • Rural Health Riskscape
  • Falls Prevention in the Older Adult
  • Cultural Competence in Clinical Practice
  • New Drug Discovery
  • Interprofessional Perceptions: Roles & Responsibilities

The IPE Office was gratified to receive positive feedback for the event from students and facilitators. Students are still sending in feedback for the event, but so far survey responses have indicated that students’ understanding of and commitment to interprofessional collaboration was positively impacted by the event. CUIPE’s social media pages saw a significant increase in positive engagements due to the posts about the event, which featured a social media takeover managed by two of CUIPE’s SWIPE (IPE Student Panel) members.

If you are interested in hosting a session at the next Activity Day event on April 3, 2019, please contact the IPE Office at