Interprofessional Institute


Dr. Inis J. Bardella 

departs the Office of Global Health

Dr. Inis Bardella, Executive Director of the Office of Global Health Initiatives at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science will be leaving her position later this month.  

Dr. Bardella served as family physician and emergency physician in rural Pennsylvania for eight years prior to entering academic medicine at the University of Pittsburg in 1996. Her academic focus has been medical school curriculum development and evaluation, and faculty development. These elements are hallmarks throughout Dr. Bardella’s education and research activities spanning the University of Pittsburg, Indiana University, the University of Colorado, the National University of Rwanda and now Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science since 2011.

Dr. Bardella has successfully lead efforts to develop equitable global partnerships that prepare students, residents and faculty to meet the health needs of the world, especially the poor. She works globally on the development of medical education in low and middle-income countries. Dr. Bardella has worked in Kyrgyzstan and Rwanda. Her current efforts focus on Albania, Kosovo, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. Dr. Bardella practices clinically as a family physician in the Rosalind Franklin University Health System. Her clinical practice emphasis and passion are of underserved rural and urban populations in the US and globally.

As a result of her leadership and the commitment of faculty colleagues, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science has entered into global partnerships in Haiti, Uganda, and Mexico.  Dr. Bardella's office also works with students from RFUMS who are engaged in international travel experiences as part of their clinical education.


Institute News
Searches underway for openings within the Institute

Two positions are currently open with the Baldwin Institute, and appropriate candidates are being sought for each.  The Director of Global Health Initiatives is a full-time position responsible for the development and management of international University partnerships with other academic and healthcare institutions, facilitation of student international experiences, and development of faculty mentors for supervision in collaborative international efforts.   The Community Engagement Specialist is a full-time staff position requiring the ability to manage relationships with University and community partners to provide students a robust service learning experience.  This position requires great people skills as well as the ability to manage details across complex data matrices.  All three positions are currently open and more information can be found at the RFUMS "Employment Opportunities" portion of the website.  These positions are open until filled.

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.  

--Dr. Bill Gordon will be teaching TeamSTEPPS at the Lovell Federal Healthcare Center in North Chicago, IL to RFUMS residents assigned there.  This will occur on Monday, June 22.

--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, Dr. April Newton, and Dr. Bill Gordon 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 heal 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 and Dr. Inis Bardella are key leads to the formation of the partnership and the subsequent invitation to present.