UNE Faculty Champions Interprofessional Collaboration – From Campus to Community



150 UNE students from nursing, social work, occupational therapy and physical therapy learn with, from and about each other while discussing a patient case.

This summer, faculty from nursing, social work, occupational therapy, and physical therapy collaborated on a three-part event series for 150 of their students called “Parallel Processes in IPE: from Campus to Community”.  These sessions were designed to provide student teams with the opportunity to learn about the core values of IPE from a team of practicing clinicians.

Developed jointly by UNE faculty and practitioners from Maine Medical Center, these sessions centered around an interactive team building experience that addressed the medical needs of two complex medical health care cases. Medical practitioners included Danalyn Adams,, LMSW-cc, Social Work Care Manager, Special Care Unit,  Sonja Orff, RN, MS, CNL, Maine Medical Center Clinical Nurse Leader Special Care Unit (SCU)and Kelley Crawford PT, DPT, MS, CCS, Maine Medical Center Level IV Physical Therapist, Primary in Special Care Unit (SCU), and Adjunct Faculty UNE PT Department. One student indicated, “This session has shown me what working with other professionals is like. It was refreshing and I feel one step closer to being prepared for future practice.”

The students worked within their teams to determine a problem list and identify a potential plan of care for each patient case. Each team presented their findings to the practitioners from Maine Medical Center. The students were given the opportunity to ask questions of the team related to the patient, with a focus on teamwork strategies. “I have greater respect and understanding of my fellow allied health professionals, and I will be able to better communicate and get help with patients to better give holistic, patient-centered care.”


UNE Faculty members from four different professions are available to facilitate discussion and answer questions during interactive case-based learning.

Participating faculty included Jan Froehlich, M.S., OTR/L, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, Kelli Fox, LCSW, Director of Field Education and Assistant Clinical Professor of Social Work (Kelli is also an SBIRT Faculty Champion), Elizabeth Crampsey, M.S., OTR/L, BCPR, Assistant Clinical Professor of Occupational Therapy and Coordinator of the Community Therapy Center (CTC), Nancy Jo Ross, PhD RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing, and Sally McCormack Tutt, PT, D.P.T., M.P.H., Associate Clinical Professor and Director of Clinical Education for the Physical Therapy Program.

The primary goal of the educational series was for students to learn about, from, and with each other within their program specific curriculum. Case-based learning allows them to practice teamwork, communication, as well as provides an opportunity for exposure to the different roles and responsibilities of these four health care professions. Several of the faculty designers of this strategy for improving health professions education outcomes have been accepted to present their model at Collaborating Across Borders (CAB http://www.cabvibanff.org/) North America’s premier interprofessional healthcare education and collaborative practice conference in October. CAB is an internationally recognized venue that brings educators, researchers, practitioners, students and patients from Canada and the United States together for essential discussions around interprofessional healthcare education, practice, leadership and policy in North America.

IPEC recognizes the vital importance of providing students with IPE activities on campus to build the skills to practice collaboratively in their clinical placements and career.


FMI on UNE’s IPEC: http://www.une.edu/wchp/ipec


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