New Healthcare education consortium meeting at USF

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

February 20, 2012 at 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM

March 27, 2012 at 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM

Location: Doermer Family Center for Health Science Education Room 156 A and B at University of Saint Francis

Phone: 260.399.7700, Ext. 8547


Event Description

February 8, 2011 Updated Mar 5, 2012 at 9:46 AM EDT

An educational event of the new Fort Wayne Area Interprofessional Education (IPE) Consortium of Health Care Provider Educators will be hosted by the University of Saint Francis (USF) on Tuesday, March 27 in the Doermer Family Center for Health Science Education Room 156 A and B from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

IPE brings members of two or more health professions together to learn from one another how to collaborate in clinical practice to improve health incomes. Students learn to function as a team, and carry the knowledge, skill and value into their future practices. IPE is encouraged by the Institute of Medicine and is now a required standard by several health program accreditors.

USF’s Dawn LaBarbera, Ph.D., PA-C, associate professor and chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, initiated the consortium. USF committee members include Department of Nursing faculty members Sue Chubinski, Ph.D., RN, Mindy Yoder, DNP, FNP-BC and Cheryl Erickson, MA, FNP-BC.

Since its inaugural meeting Feb. 2, the IPE consortium has brought together committee members from USF’s Department of Physician Assistant Studies and Department of Nursing graduate nursing programs, Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne’s graduate nursing program, Manchester College’s School of Pharmacy, the Indiana University Medical School and the Fort Wayne Medical Education’s family practice residents to collaborate on education.

Around 75 learners were introduced to IPE in healthcare and worked together in teams to explore different health-related professions at the inaugural meeting at Indiana University Medical School.

“This activity helped facilitate interesting and meaningful conversation about different perspectives/beliefs people in the health professions may have about one another,” said Abby Gaskell of the 2013 USF physician assistant class. “Perceptions do affect teamwork, communication and overall cohesiveness. As healthcare providers, our common goal is to provide the best care for our patients. This evening was a wonderful learning experience.” For more information, contact LaBarbera at (260) 399-7700, ext. 8559 or

The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.

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