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Faculty at UMass/MCPHS IPE event.

University of Massachusetts Medical School and MCPHS Host First Annual Interprofessional Symposium and Networking Event

  • The first annual University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School/MCPHS University Interprofessional Symposium and Networking Event was held on May 15 on the UMass Medical School campus in Worcester.

    Designed to bring together professionals and students from numerous healthcare disciplines, the event included presentations, panels, and round table discussions surrounding the topic of interprofessional education and collaborative practice. The event also included a keynote speech given by Beth A. Lown, Chief Medical Officer of the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

    The symposium ended with a networking session during which healthcare practitioners connected with one another and brainstormed future grant projects, educational programs, and community outreach.

    Faculty and students across the University’s many departments, including the library, arts and sciences, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, nursing, acupuncture, physical therapy, and optometry, were in attendance. Additionally, several members of the MCPHS faculty helped facilitate the event. Anna Morin, PharmD, School of Pharmacy–Worcester/Manchester Dean, and Karyn Sullivan, PharmD, MPH, RPh, Director of Interprofessional Education for the School of Pharmacy–Worcester/Manchester, worked alongside the UMass Medical School faculty to plan the symposium. Multiple MCPHS faculty also acted as panelists and networking table co-leaders at the event.

    More than half of the event’s attendees were affiliated with MCPHS—a demonstration of the University’s continuing commitment to interdisciplinary education.

    “I am very excited about the number of opportunities we have to partner with UMass on IPE.” said Dr. Sullivan. “We will be working with their faculty on a number of ideas that were sparked from the symposium. I look forward to developing learning opportunities for our students that involve UMass students and faculty.”

    These new learning opportunities will support one of the University’s major goals: to continuously create education experiences that bring the students of its programs into one collaborative community. These interprofessional education (or IPE) experiences provide students with a space to learn alongside—and from—one another. And as they communicate and connect, they become equipped to define the future of healthcare as one in which comprehensive, team-based care is the industry standard.