IPE Enduring Events
P1 Public Health Event (Kay Brooks)
In this mock public-health event, first-year pharmacy students collaborate with nurse practitioner, nursing, and epidemiology students to provide patient-centered care in a response to a local reportable disease outbreak. By providing care for a standardized patient, team members learn how each profession contributes to the patient care process. Students also learn about their professional reporting responsibilities in a disease outbreak and interact with epidemiology students to understand the investigation process to track and minimize the spread of disease.
PAP2 (Larry Aull)
This interprofessional education event introduces second-year pharmacy students to the ways in which physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners approach physical assessment and render a diagnosis based on the patient’s history, current complaints, and symptomatology. The PAP2 session takes place in an outpatient setting and allows pharmacy and physician assistant students to work as a team caring for patients. This collaborative effort helps each profession gain an appreciation of the other’s thought processes when assessing a patient’s status and developing a plan to manage and/or resolve the diagnosis. Using a team approach takes advantage of each profession’s strengths with the goal of improving the efficiency and optimizing the delivery of direct patient care.
P3 Values and Ethics (Ken Duke and Sharmon Osae)
This session is designed to allow third-year pharmacy and second-year medical students from over 5 different campuses the opportunity to interact and carry out their roles in a cooperative healthcare setting. Several scenarios will be presented requiring learners to react to ethically challenging patient situations involving various healthcare providers. Students will explore and discuss various considerations from the standpoint of their specific professional expectations and seek to understand the position of the other parties involved. Several tools and templates will be presented to give student practitioners options on how to navigate successfully through the various scenarios. The desired outcome is for students to develop the decision-making skills needed to analyze similar situations in the future and make decisions based on a better understanding of the guiding principles, values and practice standards of the various parties (healthcare colleagues, patients, and families) involved and their respective professions.
Fall Interprofessional Day Event (Tim Brown with Susan Fagan)
A dedicated day to build relationships with three other colleges within the USG system. Pharmacy students join medicine, social work, nurse practitioner, and nursing students to work as a team in managing simulated patients. Traditionally the cases encompass contemporary issues seen within our community and allow the team members to learn the strengths of each profession while also increasing their clinical knowledge. The dialogue with other professional students helps the pharmacy student gain confidence and increased understanding of the role pharmacists play within the healthcare team. The session also includes a keynote speaker associated with the clinical problem covered in the cases, allowing the presenter to build upon the need for team work in modern day healthcare. In the end, the goal is that students from four professions get to meet and gain understanding of the others’ professional paths prior to interacting with other healthcare professionals during rotations throughout the state.
Interprofessional Approach to Simulated Care Elective
This elective course is designed to prepare third-year pharmacy students (P3s) for Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences and for providing direct patient care in the clinical setting. The IPE course emphasizes the necessity of working within a team when caring for patients, providing opportunities for P3s to work side-by-side with second-year medical students (M2s) in managing simulated patients in an acute setting by being involved in therapeutic decision-making at the point of care. This occurs during three interprofessional education-driven simulation experiences in collaboration with M2 students utilizing the Simulation Center located on the Augusta University/UGA Partnership campus. The experiences are supplemented with lectures to discuss the topic of each simulation and debriefs post session. In addition, there are lectures, case-based discussions, and role modeling on team dynamics, communication, managing conflict, and how to approach patients as a team.
Current List of Enduring Events
P4 year APPE –Experiential Personnel
Partners: Various health-systems and rotation sites
Numbers: Approximately 140 students but currently analyzing data to determine level of IPE at each site and with individual preceptors
P3 Fall IPE–Tim Brown
Partners: UGA Colleges of Nursing, Social Work, and Medical Partnership
Numbers: Approximately 300 students and 60 faculty
P3 year Values and Ethics— Merrill Norton, Sharmon Osae, Nicole Winston, Susan Fagan, Ken Duke, Tim Brown
Partners: Augusta University and Medical Partnership
Numbers: Approximately 340 students and 12 faculty
*P3 year IPE Simulation Elective–Tim Brown
Partners: Medical Partnership
Numbers: Approximately 60 students and 20 faculty
P2 year PAP2–Larry Aull
Partners: Augusta University PA program
Numbers: Approximately 180 students and 5 faculty
*P2 year PAP2 Longitudinal— Kay Brooks, Larry Aull, and Tim Brown
Partners: Augusta University PA program
Numbers: Approximately 180 students and 22 faculty
P1 year Mass Outbreak–Coordinator Kay Brooks
Partners: College of Public Health, College of Nursing
Numbers: Approximately 278 students and 10 faculty
*New programs for 2020-2021 Academic year
Co-Curricular Programming: Numbers change per year
Ebola Sim with Medical Partnership
Animal Vector Outbreak with College of Public Health
For more information contact:
Dr. Timothy R. Brown,
Director of Interprofessional Pharmacy