Misericordia Interprofessional Education Connection


Interprofessional education connection chart


To engage students and faculty in interprofessional education and experiences to support the collaborative team approach to patient/client-centered care


The College of Health Sciences & Education, Misericordia University will strive to:

  • Prepare students and faculty to function as members of an effective collaborative health team, understanding the unique roles and responsibilities that support value for the patient in an evolving healthcare system.
  • Create a culture of “best-practice” supported by evidence that promotes a coordinated, timely, efficient, effective approach to inter-professional education and practice
  • Promote and advance research and scholarly activity related to inter-professional education and practice within the health care profession

Meet the Team

The Misericordia Interprofessional Task Force was organized in Spring 2015 with an intent to create, support and coordinate interprofessional education and practice within our college. As of Fall 2017, we have successfully transitioned to full committee status within the College of Health Science and Education.

Sheryl Goss

Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Sheryl E. Goss, MS, RT(R)(S), RDMS, RDCS, RVT, FSDMS

Gina Capitano

Medical Imaging - Gina Capitano, M.S., R.T.(R) -Secretary

Medical Imaging - Lynn Blazaskie B.S.R.T.(R)

Nursing - Allison Maloney Ph.D., MSN,RN, CNE-Chair Elect

Lori Charney

Occupational Therapy - Lori Charney, OTD, OTR/L

Laurie Brogan

Physical Therapy - Laurie Brogan, PT, DPT, CEEAA, GCS- Chair

Physical Therapy-Maureen Rinehimer, PT, PhD, MS, MHS

Physical Therapy-Kristen Karnish

Jennifer Yarnell MCAT: PhD

Psychology - Jennifer Yarnell MCAT: PhD

Susan McDonald-P.h.D, L.S.W

Social Work - Susan McDonald-P.h.D, L.S.W

Speech-Language Pathology - Denis Anson MS, OTR

Teacher Education - Colleen M. Duffy, Ed.D.

Lindsey Vigilante, M.S., PA-C

Physician Assistant Studies - Lindsey Vigilante M.S., PA-C

What is Interprofessional Education (IPE)?

“Interprofessional education occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. Once students understand how to work interprofessionally, they are ready to enter the workplace as a member of the collaborative practice team. This is a key step in moving health systems from fragmentation to a position of strength.”

Source: World Health Organization (WHO). (2010). Framework for action on interprofessional education & collaborative practice. Geneva: World Health Organization.

Interprofessional Core Competencies

A competency approach to interprofessional education emphasizes the essential behavioral combination of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that make up a collaborative practice-ready graduate.

The IPE Core Competency Domains include:

Values and Ethics for Interprofessional Practice

Roles and Responsibilities

Interprofessional Communication

Teams and Teamwork

Each of these links provide multiple individual objectives which may be used to reinforce or enhance current course goals and objectives.

Faculty Resources

Core Competencies pdfTeam-Based Competencies pdf

IPE Grant Opportunity

The MIPEC committee has established the opportunity for faculty to apply for small committee- sponsored grants that are intended to cover expenses and time incurred while planning an IPE activity that represents more than 2 professions.While the committee intends to sponsor several events each semester, we encourage individual faculty and departments to develop activities that are more clinically oriented and meet specific student goals in preparation for professional practice.

Application Deadlines are as follows:

February 17th for activities planned for Spring 2017

March 31st for activities planned for Fall 2017 or Spring 2018

Click here to download the application for funding, development, and implementation of IPE activity

Upcoming Events

The College of Health Sciences & Education at Misericordia University offers faculty support and interprofessional opportunities for students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Medical Imaging, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy,Psychology,Social Work, Speech-Language Pathology and Teacher Education programs.

Fall 2017 MIPEC Scheduled Activities



Intended Audience



IPE Objective

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Interprofessional Movie Night

“Alive Inside”

Students and Faculty

(Health Science Clubs)

Insalaco 218/219


Social Communication


Monday, October 2, 2017

Paper Chain – focuses on teamwork

Students and Faculty

Insalaco 218/219

12 noon – 1:20pm



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Grand Rounds – Interprofessional round table case study discussion

Students and faculty

Insalaco 218/219

4:30- 6:00pm

Roles & Responsibilities


TBD (4 dates)

Interprofessional Challenge Course

Students and faculty

Challenge Course




Conferences and Continuing Education Opportunities

Collaborating Across Borders VI conference

Collaborating Across Borders VI will be hosted in Banff, Alberta, Canada, October 1 - October 4, 2017

Collaborating Across Borders (CAB) is a premier Canada-United States joint conference focusing on an exploration of common issues around interprofessional education (IPE) and practice (IPP). The Collaborating Across Borders conference series launched in 2007 as an interprofessional venue where educators, clinicians, researchers, policy makers and students on both sides of the border engaged in rich and productive dialogue regarding interprofessional education, practice and research. The conference series is held biennially and travels between the United States and Canada.

Human Patient Simulation Network
HPSN World 2017 Conference Feb 28-March 2, 2017. The HPSN World 2017 theme is Practice with a Purpose. The conference will address how to refine practice to improve competency, teamwork and safety in preparation for the clinical setting.

National Academies of Practice annual meeting



Susan Sheridan

The tragic death of Sue Sheridan’s husband and permanent injury of her son due to medical errors and miscommunication have spurred a commitment to improved patient safety. Click on the photo link above to learn more about her hope for safer patient care through organizations that adopt a culture of safety and embrace teamwork.

Previous Events/Activities

Spring 2017

Kiel Eigen presentation – Kiel Eigen is a resident of Old Forge, PA who sustained a C5/C6 vertebrae injury in 2006 while playing in his first freshman football game. He received extensive medical care over many years and still graduated on time with his class. He walked at commencement and received his diploma from Old Forge and King’s College. He is a spokesperson for Quantum Rehab and encourages others to live their life to the fullest regardless of their circumstances . Kiel’s presentation focussed on his personal experience with rehabilitation and his interactions with various health care professionals.

Date: Wednesday, February 22nd Time: 6:30pm Location: Lemmond Theater

Intended Audience: Students/faculty

NECPA IPEC – April 5th, 2017 – 5:00 – 8:00pm

Dr. Dan Hoegen presentation Dr. Hoegen is a clinical ethicist associated with Geisinger Health System. He addresses many ethical issues that health professionals face during clinical practice. This specific lecture will address the issue of moral distress and moral courage.

Date: Wednesday, April 12th Time: 12:00pm Location: Lemmond Theater

Intended Audience: Students/Faculty

Fall 2016

October 2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 noon - 1:20pm, Insalaco 218/219:

Team Building and Communication Activity - This interactive session will require interprofessional groups to build a paper chain utilizing teamwork and communication skills while using available resources and overcoming process challenges.

November 2016

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 4:30- 5:30pm, Insalaco 218/219

Grand Rounds - This interactive session involved interprofessional round table discussion around a written case study that has implications for all CHSE programs. Guided questions were used to direct students toward client centered care and knowledge about each others' role in the process.

Wednesday, November 16th

Passan 319 - 4:30pm

Interprofessional Patient Care Simulation

MI/SN/PT students

Spring 2016

April 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Roles and Responsibilities/ Building a Web of Care

Student Round Table Discussion & Activity 12:00 - 1:15 pm, Insalaco 216/217

Wednesday , April 6,2016


5:00-8:00 pm Various Locations

March 2016

Wednesday , March 30,2016

Effective Facilitation/ DEAL (Describe, Examine, Articulate Learning) Model for Critical Reflection

Faculty Information Session 12:00 - 1:15 pm, Insalaco 218

February 2016

Monday, February 22, 2016

Team STEPPS Communication and Team Building presented by John Szarek (TCMC)

Students and Faculty 4:00 - 6:00 pm, Insalaco 218/219

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Interprofessional Movie Night "Alive Inside"

Students and Faculty (Health Science Clubs)

Lemmond Theater 6:00 pm

Monday, February 1, 2016

Foundations of IPE

Faculty Information Session 12:00 - 1:15 pm, Insalaco 218

Fall 2015

November 2015

Wednesday, November 11th - The Team Ethical Assessment Management (T.E.A.M) Strategy

Student Round Table Discussion - 12:00 - 1:15pm, Insalaco 216/217

Interactive Lecture - 6:00 - 8:00pm

Wednesday, November 18th - Interprofessional Patient Care Simulation

MI/SN/PT students, Passan 319 - 4:30pm

Achieving IPE Outcomes And More

Consider integrating MARTI into your classroom!

It is helpful to plan ahead for inclusion of IPE activities.Below is an example of an IPE syllabus statement:

This course utilizes Interprofessional Education (IPE) activities to enhance the educational goals and objectives stated above (course objectives). These activities may require time outside of regularly scheduled course times. Interprofessional education occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.The overall goal is to support the collaborative team approach to patient/client-centered care through competency and understanding of:

Values and Ethics for interprofessional practice

Roles and Responsibilities for collaborative practice

Interprofessional Communication

Interprofessional Teamwork and Team-based Care


The NECPA IPEC is comprised of a group of health care educators from 11 different institutions of higher education in the Northeast and North central PA region, Including some of our own MIPEC members. Since 2008 they have worked to promote interprofessional education and collaboration in our region.This years event will be held:

NECPA IPEC – April 5th, 2017 – 5:00 – 8:00pm

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