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CIPER Founding Director Receives National Outstanding Award

The American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC) Scholarship Committee, in conjunction with the AIHC Awards Subcommittee has awarded Joy Doll, OTD’03, OTR/L, FNAP, as a faculty member for outstanding mentorship of students and/or peers in interprofessional education and/or practice. Doll was the founding director of the Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CIPER) and currently is an adjunct professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. Doll is considered a national leader in interprofessional education and was instrumental role as a national leader in development a mentorship program. For more information about the award please visit here.

CIPER Builds a Collaborative Future

When you’re building the future, people notice.

So it came as no surprise to Creighton University’s Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CIPER) when the Minneapolis-based National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education sought their help. The Minneapolis center is a repository for information designed to bridge the worlds of interprofessional education and collaborative practice in the health sciences.

Fueled by the demand for virtual education created by the COVID-19 pandemic, it needed help creating online webinars so that its member institutions might learn how to move interprofessional education (IPE) from the classroom to the computer screen. The transition involved more than direct instruction. It also needed to incorporate clinical experience, using actors as patients. Creighton’s CIPER, having already established a national reputation for just such online education in part through its actor-based Virtual Interprofessional Simulations (VISion), became the go-to institution.

VISion is a synchronous experiential-learning option for on-campus and distance health sciences students. Health sciences faculty using video web-conferencing provide students with the human connection they need while synchronously taking part in IPE team roles. Developed by Amanda Kirkpatrick, PhD, RN,  an associate professor at the Creighton University College of Nursing who teaches an online palliative simulation course, VISion adds a critical online clinical experience.

The two seminars CIPER helped create for the Minneapolis center were titled Prevailing in IPE during a pandemic and Transitioning to Online IPE in a pandemic.

CIPER is a multifaceted center designed to produce health sciences professionals fully aware of the importance of interprofessional collaboration

Key to this effort is CIPER’s Passport program.

“Prior to COVID, we were a leader because we have this Passport model for IPE, which is very flexible and allows users to pick and choose the interprofessional activities that students do,” said Katie Packard, PharmD, a co-director of CIPER’s Passport program.

“Because our model is flexible, we get approached a lot to do seminars and consulting to help people integrate IPE into their curriculum. The University of Texas is one, Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln is another. Many institutions have approached us.”

CIPER’s Passport program requires Creighton’s health sciences students to complete three interprofessional activities in order to graduate. Together, they document proficiency in the core competencies of interprofessional collaborative practice.

The Passport program is paving the future of the health sciences, said Kim Beran-Shepler, PT, DPT, OCS, who, with Packard, directs the program.

“We started this with an online foundational course, Introduction to Collaborative Care, that every health science student must complete, which started in 2015,” she says. “So we are relatively new, although I would say that Creighton has always strongly believed in being innovators and leaders in health care education, and we know that interprofessional collaboration is the health care of the future.

“The other thing that we’ve done is partner with Nebraska Medicine at UNMC to host a regional IPE conference every summer. This year will be the second year, and it will be virtual, so that’s another way that we continue to have a strong national presence.”

Creighton’s interest in IPE predates the creation of CIPER in 2015, Packard says, but it was piecemeal and championed by faculty advocates in “little pockets” across campus. It gained coherence when accrediting agencies began demanding IPE components for graduation from health sciences programs.

“Pharmacy accreditation is the most stringent, and the accreditors mandate that pharmacy students must interact with prescribing students before they even start clinical rotations,” Packard says. “So that was what moved things forward. At that point the University funded the center, we gained a director and were able to hire program managers.”

Neither Packard nor Beran-Shepler doubt that IPE is the future of training in the health sciences.

“It has better patient outcomes, it reduces risk, reduces health care costs and decreases burnout from the provider,” Beran-Shepler says. “Knowing that interprofessional collaboration is a solution to those problems is a huge driver behind what we’re doing and why we’re doing it and why we’re educating the students this way.”

Reflecting on her own education, Beran-Shepler says Creighton is providing information to students that her generation had to unearth by themselves.

“It’s kind of an interesting cycle in that those of us who are champions of IPE were not taught this way,” she says. “We had to do a lot of research and background and spend a lot of time in conferences to really understand it.

“That’s the part that’s exciting to me, to know that we are creating agents of change who will really change the health care of tomorrow.”

Heartland Interprofessional Education Conference

The 2nd annual 2020 Heartland Interprofessional Education Conference will be held virtually on July 23-24 and is a collaborative effort between Creighton University, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Clarkson College and Des Moines University.

“We are thrilled to be hosting the second Heartland Interprofessional Education Conference (HIPE) that is now jointly sponsored by four organizations, said Gail Jensen, PT, PhD, FAPTA, interim executive director for the Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CIPER) at Creighton, and dean of the Graduate School and College of Professional Studies. “Our collaboration represents growth of interest in interprofessional practice, education and research in response to critical health needs in our communities. Now more than ever we need to be bold, intentional and collaborative in addressing health disparities.  We truly believe that if you want to go far you do it together.”

The regional conference is designed for educators, clinicians, researchers, policy makers and learners. The conference will include speakers, interactive skill-building workshops and oral and poster presentations of current scholarly work in the field.

Featured national expert speakers at the conference include Sarah Shrader, PharmD, associate professor, School of Pharmacy at the University of Kansas; Hossein Khalili, BScN, MScN, PhD, director at the Centre for Interprofessional Practice and Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Andrea L. Pfeifle, EdD, PT, FNAP, associate dean for Interprofessional Health Education and Practice at University Clinical Affairs at Indiana University.

For more information and to register for this conference visit the website here. A group rate is offer for groups of ten or more. Please contact Creighton’s Office of Continuing Education at CMedEd [at] creighton [dot] edu for more information.

This conference is regionally approved as an affiliate conference by the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative. There are 9.5 continuing education credits available.

At Creighton, Teamwork Means Better Health Care

When a physician consulted with Creighton University occupational therapy alumna Joy Doll, OTD, about a child’s mysterious hand rash, more than a medical mystery was in play.

The meeting demonstrated an emerging philosophy of health care that Creighton University has fully embraced. Dubbed “collaborative care” by advocates, it urges close cooperation between physicians and other health professionals in the treatment of common patients, even to the point of gathering around a table and forging a common treatment, each aware of what the other is doing.

Read more here.

CIPER Leads AIHC Advisory Board

As CIPER continues to support and catalyze interprofessional education and collaborative practice, several members of the CIPER leadership team have been named to leadership positions in the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC), the membership organization of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. Creighton University continues as a national leader in interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Our health professions are rooted in our Jesuit Catholic identity where our graduates become competent, caring, compassionate, and collaborative practitioners. 

Gail Jensen, PT, PhD, FAPTA, dean of the Graduate School and College of Professional Studies, vice provost for Learning and Assessment, professor of physical therapy, and member of the CIPER Administrative Council was elected AIHC board chair and is a member of the executive committee and scholarship committee.

Joy Doll, OTD, OTR/L, executive director of the Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CIPER) and associate professor in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, has been elected as an AIHC board member. Doll also supports the Mentoring Program and is former co-chair of the AIHC Communications Committee.

Kimberly Beran-Shepler, PT, DPT, OCS, assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions and co-director of the Interprofessional Education Passport (IPE, was appointed to the AIHC Membership Committee.

AIHC members are committed to interprofessional practice and education and work locally, nationally and internationally to influence policy, develop and share best practices, and mentor and support colleagues in creating opportunities to come together, learn and grow.

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education is a unique public-private partnership charged by its funders to provide the leadership, evidence and resources needed to guide the nation on the use of interprofessional education and collaborative practice to enhance the experience of health care, improve population health and reduce the overall cost of care.

Learn more about AIHC here.