Center for IPE Director Frank Ascione Named 2019 Interprofessional Educator and Mentor by AIHC
At the Collaborating Across Borders (CABVII) conference in Indianapolis in late October, the inaugural Interprofessional Educator and Mentor Award from the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (a conference co-sponsor), was given to Frank Ascione, director of the Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education (IPE). Dr. Ascione had been nominated by a group of Center for IPE staff and Executive Committee members, four of whom were on hand to see the award presentation. The nominating testimonials for Dr. Ascione repeatedly referred to him as a “teacher of teachers” and “mentor of mentors” in U-M’s growing IPE community.
Clearly taken by surprise at the honor, Dr. Ascione called it “very touching” after he had time to read the 8-page nomination. “It is a wonderful award, but everyone’s support in getting me and our work recognized is more important to me. It is a remarkable commentary, and very humbling.”
The award closed out a good conference for the University of Michigan, which featured ten well-attended presentations by teams of more than a dozen U-M faculty and staff. In particular, presentations on U-M’s award-winning foundational programs (including the Intro to IPE Module and IPE in Action) drew standing-room-only crowds.