Eastern Michigan University College of Health and Services to host 4th annual virtual Interprofessional Education Simulation

IPE event with Zoom participants

YPSILANTI- Eastern Michigan University’s College of Health and Services will host its 4th annual Excellence in Interprofessional Education simulation on Nov. 10 from 3 to 5 p.m. It will take place virtually on Zoom and allow participants to discuss a real-life patient case study while conversing with professionals from different disciplines.

“We are very excited about the upcoming annual EMU Excellence in IPE Event,” said Kathy Suerynck, co-director of nursing and IPE simulation. “This is the fourth year for this virtual event, which brings together seven health-related disciplines, 20 faculty and over 120 students.”

For this year’s event, students will explore diversity and culturally competent care with a case study that brings cultural aspects. The case study involves the patient describing her birthing experience and multiple complications. Students will discuss in small groups the physical effects and mental symptoms the patient experienced and then engage with a larger forum, as well as the actual patient and the mother.

In addition to discussing a case study, students will have opportunities to collaborate with different disciplines and learn what others contribute to the medical field. “This event generates a lot of energy in faculty and the school by raising visibility to interprofessional education,” said Jillian Graves, co-director of the Center on Interprofessional Education. “Allowing students to talk to real professionals who are currently working with these patients in the field is what makes this so special.”

With these opportunities, students can strengthen their resume, enhance their interviewing skills, and dive deeper into communicating across multidisciplinary professionals by attending the most extensive IPE simulation at EMU.

To learn more about or to attend the event, contact Seurynck at kseurync@emich.edu or Co-Director of Nursing and IPE Simulation Linda Myler at lmyler@emich.edu. Contact Graves at jgrave14@emich.edu to learn more about interprofessional education, research and practice.


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November 08, 2023

Written by:
Caitlin Michael

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