The IPEP Blog
By Carol McCabe on Mar 6, 2014
For the first time, the Interprofessional Education & Practice program (IPEP) mini-course, Disabilities: An Interprofessional Exercise, will be a statewide event including students from the University of Arizona (UA) Tucson and Phoenix campuses, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. Another first will be the addition of occupational therapists (OT) and physical therapist (PT) students. In addition to OTs and PTs, this year’s mini-course will offer students an opportunity to interact with peers in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, law, public health and social work.
By Tim Tiutan on Feb 24, 2014
Have you ever watched a scene in a medical TV show, such as Grey’s Anatomy, where an individual goes spontaneously into cardiac arrest in public? During such a scene, you may find yourself fixated on a seemingly ambitious bystander or medical professional who tries to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by pushing down on the patient’s chest. Although scenes like this tend to make riveting stories, what viewers may not realize is that the “CPR” being performed is far from real and is ineffective.
By Michael Waldrum on Feb 10, 2014
Healthcare culture today is fraught with complexity and cultural misalignment which contribute to poor quality care and patient safety, poor coordination of care, marginal patient experience ratings and poor provider satisfaction. If culture is defined as “how we do things around here,” then the healthcare culture of today is not doing the things that contribute to the health and safety of its patients and those that provide care. Interprofessional education and practice are essential to the advancement of healthcare outcomes.
By Carol McCabe on Jan 22, 2014
Listen…do you hear that? That’s the breeze blowing through the leaves on the trees. Listen…what’s that? That’s the sound of someone typing on a keyboard, or the click of the mouse.
As a hearing-impaired person, I didn’t ‘hear that.’ I didn’t know that leaves made rustling sounds or that pushing a key down on a keyboard made clicking noises. And I didn’t know about all the things that I didn’t hear.
What I did know was that conversation and communication were difficult, many people rolled their eyes at me when I responded to their statement or question (in response to what ‘I heard’) and I was often perceived as unintelligent because my responses didn’t match the topic of conversation. What I did know was that I was unhappy, frustrated, and angry at life in general.
An Interprofessional Year in Review: Bringing Together Students, Faculty and Practitioners for Better Patient Care
By Yvonne Price on Jan 10, 2014
At the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC), the mission of the Interprofessional Education & Practice Program (IPEP) is to provide opportunities for students and trainees to learn and practice together in interprofessional (IP) teams in order to improve the health of their patients, families and communities.
IPEP brings together participants from the University of Arizona (UA) Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health as well as from other disciplines and universities.
By Jody Thompson on Dec 12, 2013
On November 15th, 2013, the University of Arizona (UA) Interprofessional Education & Practice Program (IPEP) Student Interest Group (SIG) came together with health care providers to serve their local community. In their final event of the year, the IPEP SIG partnered with Head Start and Enroll America to provide health services to uninsured children in the Head Start program.
By Nancy Wexler on Nov 27, 2013
An 82-year-old woman was living independently and becoming very confused conducting daily activities. She stopped eating regularly and managing medication became difficult. Her only family member, a niece living in Minnesota, did not know how to care for her or assist her in obtaining a higher level of health care services. The Healthy Together Care Partnership (HTCP) team helped assess, treat, and manage her medications and remain safe in the home until she qualified for long-term care and hospice.
The niece wrote to Healthy Together, profusely thanked the team and reported, “it takes a village to transition an elder.”
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