Interprofessional Institute


Douglas Reifler, MD, Associate Vice President and Director, leaves Rosalind Franklin University and The Baldwin Institute

Dr. Douglas Reifer has left his work at Rosalind Franklin University and as Director of the Baldwin Institute for Interprofessional Education effective July 9, 2015.  He will soon begin his new duties at Temple University, where he will serve as Dean of Student Affairs. Dr. Reifler came to Rosalind Franklin University from Northwestern in 2011, and began his leadership position with the Institute in January of 2013.   Under his leadership, the Institute relocated its offices into its current space in the Health Sciences Building.  Reifler is the second person to hold the Director's position.  

Dr. Reifler is a primary care general internist with academic interests in medical humanities, professional acculturation, and the interface between mental health and primary care. He completed a residency in primary care internal medicine, fellowship in general internal medicine, and worked on the faculty of the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, for a total of 22 years before joining Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2011. He also serves as Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Student Affairs of Chicago Medical School.


Institute News
New Education Specialist Named

Dr. Donna L. Baird will soon join the Baldwin Institute as the Education Specialist.  Dr. Baird is an experienced nurse with extensive studies in Interdisciplinarity and Population Health, and brings with her a deep understanding of effective interprofessional teams.  Dr. Baird is relocating to the area from Loveland, CO, and will begin her duties in the Institute on August 10.  Welcome, Dr. Baird!

New Community Engagement Specialist Named

Scott Rothenberg will be begin his duties in a new position at the Institute as the Community Engagement Specialist.  Scott has a long history in connecting organizations with their constituent communities with Boy Scouts of America and in several political campaigns and offices.  Scott's work on behalf of the Institute is to optimize the service learning component of HMTD 515: Foundations for Interprofessional Practice as well as to elevate the level of community engagement for our students across the University.  We are excited that Scott has agreed to join our team!

HMTD 515: Foundations for Interprofessional Practice launches major revision

Each year, every first-year student engages in an interprofessional experience, the centerpiece of which is HMTD 515: Foundations for Interprofessional Practice.  This class provides a gateway experience for new students to begin to understand the critical differences about learning to function interprofessionally in providing healthcare, exposes them to the surrounding community through Service Learning, and provides them opportunity to learn about, from, and with students from other disciplines.  Now entering its 12th year, the curriculum and delivery methods for the class have received a significant update for Fall 2015.  A particularly strong emphasis has been placed on the Values and Ethics competency domain (from the IPEC competencies) as it relates to social and political determinants of health, issues prevalent in our geographic location.   The Service Learning component of this experience has also been significantly updated, providing first-year students relevant, hands-on experiences within the surrounding communities and county.  Dr. Bill Gordon is the Course Director HMTD 515 this year, and will receive classroom support from Tamzin Batteson, Dr. April Newton, and Dr. Donna Baird.

Baldwin Institute is a Sponsor for CAB-V

The DeWitt C. Baldwin Institute for Interprofessional Education at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science has agreed to be a Gold Level Sponsor for the Collaboration Across Borders V conference to be held in the fall of 2015 in Roanoke, VA.  This international conference is a gathering of scholars, practitioners, students, and others who are interested in interprofessionalism in both education and practice.  The collaborative conference extends across the borders between the United States and Canada and provides a forum for the sharing of results from research, best practices in educational methods, and interprofessional strategies in clinical settings.  The Baldwin Institute is pleased to have the opportunity to provide support for this conference.

Initiative to take TeamSTEPPS training fully on-line begins

A special initiative to create a fully interactive on-line version of TeamSTEPPS for RFUMS has begun with a detailed analysis of what needs to be taught and how to best teach it.  Working with Mr. Gregory Hall of Chicago, the Institute ultimately hopes to bring two tracks of TeamSTEPPS forward for use both within and outside the University.  The two versions will be designed for those with clinical experiences and intentions, and those without.  Mr. Hall's work is known to the Institute through a project he completed in which he designed an interactive format for critical media literacy.  The TeamSTEPPS project is still in the formative phase, and has not been fully funded at this point.


-- Dr. Bill Gordon will be a keynote speaker at the Southland Initiative conference to be held at Governor's State University in University Park, IL on July 30, 2015.  The Southland Initiative brings together the work of healthcare and education professionals to consider the interface between the disciplines in regards to children.  The conference will be based on trauma-informed research, and Gordon will be speaking about the use of best interprofessional practices to optimize the efforts on behalf of the children served.  

--The Institute will offer another full-day version of TeamSTEPPS on Monday, August 3. One staff member, Steve Florent, and a student, Mark Burgess (Pharmacy) will join Dr. Gordon on the presentation team.  Interested people are asked to register at

--Drs. April Newton (of the Physical Therapy Department) will join Dr. Bill Gordon and Tamzin Batteson for a two-day conference in Minnesota in early August to meet with officials from the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education.  The Institute has made application on behalf of the University to become an "incubation site" for the National Center, embarking on a five-year research project related to interprofessionalism.  This meeting will provide an opportunity to network with other sites, as well.

--Dr. Bill Gordon will speak at the regional Midwest Medicine Alumni Relations retreat in early August.  He will be speaking on the power of collaboration.

--Dr. Bill Gordon will serve as Course Director for HIPS 711, which begins in mid-August.  This is an on-line doctoral level course entitled "Building Effective Interprofessional Teams."  This course will run throughout the fall term.

--The University is pleased to announce that several podium and poster presentations from across our community have been accepted at the Collaborating Across Borders V conference in Roanoke, VA in September.  This conference is a semi-annual gathering to share information between Canadian and US counterparts in the work to create interprofessional, collaborative teams in healthcare.  The Institute is also a Gold level sponsor of this event.

-- Dr. Marcia Stout, and Dr. April Newton will present at the National Congress of the Mexican Social Security Institute (Insitutuo Mexicano del Seguro Social, IMSS) in Oaxtepec, Mexico November 10-13, 2015.  In conjunction with IMSS healthl care providers, our team will participate in a Symposium on the Interdisciplinary Approach to Health Care.  This is in  response to an invitation from a partnership drawn up the Office of Global Health (a part of the Baldwin Institute).  Dr. Hector Rasgado-Flores is a key lead to the formation of the partnership and the subsequent invitation to present.

--Tamzin Batteson, Katherine Darbyshire, Lori Thuente, and Bill Gordon will be presenters at the 2nd International Conference: Where's the Patient's Voice in Health Professional Education 10 Years On?, to be held in Vancouver, BC, Canada from November 12-14, 2015.  This team will present two 90 minute seminars and a poster presentation.

--Dr. Bill Gordon and Tamzin Batteson are scheduled to lead three breakout groups to capture each of the learning threads at the Autism, Behavior, and Complex Medical Needs conference (ABC Conference) hosted by the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  This conference will be held on November 20, 2015 in Palos Hills, IL, and provides an opportunity for the Institute to do direct work with care providers for children about how to optimize interprofessional efforts in providing coordinated, collaborative, and comprehensive care.