IPE Research Day
A geriatrics case scenario was used in LECOM’s first ever interprofessional education (IPE) live panel discussion. IPE occurs when students from two or more schools come together to learn collaborative skills of health care providers. This event took place last spring at LECOM Bradenton, the college’s Florida campus as part of LECOM’S annual research day. A similar program was held at LECOM Erie last fall. More than 400 medical, dental, and pharmacy students participated in these research days. In the geriatric case presentation, the panel discussed how a health care team treats a geriatric patient. The IPE panel consisted of a physician, pharmacist, dentist, public health specialist, nurse, and psychologist. Topics discussed included the roles and responsibilities of members of an interdisciplinary health care team, communication, team work, and ethics. LECOM School of Pharmacy Dean Hershey Bell, M.D. moderated the 2-hour session while Assistant Dean of Medical Education Mark Terrell, Ph.D. facilitated questioning from the audience and summarized the session. Later, a participant survey was administered and results indicated that participants enjoyed and learned from the geriatrics IPE event.