Interprofessional Education Expo takes over CHHS

Students offer poster presentations at the IPE Expo

The 2016 Interprofessional Education Expo highlighted interprofessional collaboration and teamwork at CHHS. Through the various events, nearly 200 attendees from CHHS, WMU Homer Stryker School of Medicine and across WMU's campus were able to learn with, from, and about other health care professions.

Dr. Ann Tyler welcomed attendees to the inaugural event, and expressed confidence that the event would become a mainstay on the academic calendar. She detailed the increasing importance of interprofessional education and collaborative practice experiences in education programs for health care professionals.

The event highlighted the ways CHHS is currently incorporating interprofessional education, and also exposed a broader audience of current students to the importance of collaboration in practice.

Grand Rounds were led by Dr. Mark Sloan, Krista Goebel, Katherine Rigley-Rowell, and Brandon Morkut from the Southwest Michigan Children's Trauma Assessment Center team. Their presentation featured a complex case of childhood trauma that highlighted each discipline's unique contribution to the transdisciplinary lens the team implements in all its work.

"Childhood trauma is becoming forefront on community agendas," said Tyler. "Here in Kalamazoo, community organizations have identified the impact of trauma as the major focal issue."

Faculty and students attend grand rounds

Following grand rounds, 15 students from various programs in the college presented research posters in the atrium of the College of Health and Human Services building. Graduate and undergraduate students offered posters that addressed evidence-based practice, reported on basic or applied research, or critically reviewed a body of literature. Poster authors had an opportunity to discuss their projects with students and faculty representing all disciplines in the college.

The planning committee deemed the event a success and is already planning to allow more time for Grand Rounds next year, allowing presenters to give an even more complete picture of interprofessional work in their areas.