Interprofessional Student Town Hall a success

November 2, 2017  //  FOUND IN: News

Participants at the town hall came from all U-M campuses.

The turnout for U-M’s 3rd annual Interprofessional Student Town Hall was robust and animated.

Nearly 100 health science students and faculty gathered at the Munger Graduate Residence lounges on Oct. 26 to discuss the value of interprofessional education (IPE) and collaborative care for improved patient outcomes and population health.

As with the two previous town halls, schools represented from U-M’s Ann Arbor campus included Dentistry, Kinesiology, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Social Work. There was also participation from members of the Flint and Dearborn campuses.

This year’s town hall included the first-ever presentation of a clinical case for discussion. In planning meetings, students had suggested showcasing an interprofessional clinical team in order to learn how and why they work collaboratively.

To create a case for the students, Amy Pai, College of Pharmacy associate professor,  collaborated with several colleagues, including Jonathan Segal, associate professor of nephrology and internal medicine who works at U-M multidisciplinary chronic kidney disease clinics.

Students broke into groups and discussed how each of their professions might address the many health and personal difficulties of the 64-year-old patient. Faculty from across the health professions then shared their views about the case and how they would approach it.

Click here to read more about the town hall.