Misericordia University served as one of six host sites for the 5th annual Collaborative Care Conference in March that featured nearly 800 students and 125 faculty facilitators from 10 colleges and universities in northeastern and central Pennsylvania promoting interprofessional approaches to health care.
The conference was sponsored by the Northeastern/Central Pennsylvania Interprofessional Education Coalition (NECPAIPEC), which is comprised of Johnson College, King’s College, Lackawanna College, Lock Haven University, Luzerne County Community College (LCCC), Marywood University, Misericordia University, Northeast Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center, Pennsylvania College of Technology, The Commonwealth Medical College, The University of Scranton, and Wilkes University. The mission of the NECPA IPEC is to provide vision and leadership to foster and support interprofessional education in health care.
The program also was hosted at King’s College, Marywood University, The Pennsylvania College of Technology, The Commonwealth Medical College and the University of Scranton. Facilitators, working in small interprofessional groups of students, discussed the importance of working in cooperation with health care providers and others who contribute to or support the delivery of health services. They also compared and contrasted the roles and responsibilities of other health care providers and how interprofessional teams work together to provide safe and effective patient care. Participants recognized the importance of patient-centered care and reflected upon individual interpersonal communication skills, such as active listening, encouraging ideas, and opinions of team members as well as respecting others.
The conference brought together students studying health sciences at participating institutions. At Misericordia University, students majoring in athletic training, medical imaging, medical physician, nursing, occupational therapy, paramedic, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, social work and speech-language pathology learned from each other with a collaborative approach to patient care.
NECPA-IPEC was founded in 2008 as a collaborative effort between local colleges and universities that offer health care programs. The organization is leading the way in the development of innovative collaborative approaches in health care professional education that focus on impacting the delivery of health care and improving patient outcomes. The joint effort is one of the first in the country to introduce the concept of interprofessional education using a regional approach from independent institutions of higher education. For more information about NECPA-IPEC, please log on to www.necpaipec.com.
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