Wisconsin AHEC and the Wisconsin Council on Medical Education & Workforce hosted Interprofessional Collaborations: Advancing Wisconsin’s Healthcare and Education on Thursday, Nov. 10 and Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, at the Marriott West in Madison.
The Wisconsin Area Health Education Centers and the Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce hosted an interprofessional conference this past November. The conference took place at the Marriott West in Madison and there were over 65 registrants.
The conference, entitled Interprofessional Collaborations: Advancing Wisconsin’s Healthcare and Education, focused on four major conference objectives relating to interprofessional education and collaboration. These objectives included engaging with colleagues practicing in health care and education interested in interprofessional education (IPE) and interprofessional clinical practice (IPCP), developing and building on knowledge and skills across the spectrum of IPE and IPCP program development, learning the current state of IPE and IPCP, theory based best practices, and lessons learned in the field, and advancing and sustaining IPE and IPCP to facilitate effective and patientcentered health care education and practice.
These objectives were put into practice through a keynote speaker, poster session, panel and a series of interprofessional workshops. The keynote speaker, Dr. Susan Corbridge set the stage for the conference speaking about interprofessional work. This was followed by two panels comprised of Wisconsin educators from various private and public educational institutions and clinicians with an interprofessional focus. Dr. Andy Anderson moderated the panel and there were many audience questions. As conference participants enjoyed lunch, they were able to view a variety of posters regarding interprofessional theories and best practices demonstrated through evidence based public health. After lunch there were seven breakout sessions ranging from integral approaches to rural healthcare to the use of human patient simulation to promote interprofessional education.
Friday morning featured a workshop facilitated by Sarah Shrader and Stephen Jernigan, PT, PhD, of the University of Kansas Medical Center. Shrader and Jernigan conducted the workshop in an interactive way, breaking the large group up into teams to illustrate interprofessional practices. The workshop utilized the idea of “liberating structures” (www.liberatingstructures.com) to demonstrate a variety of techniques, goals and strategies with real life examples.