Interprofessional Institute


Dr. Susan Tappert to retire 

from the Baldwin Institute in April, 2015

Dr. Susan Tappert has announced her retirement as Clinical Specialist for the DeWitt C. Baldwin Institute for Interprofessional Education. 

Dr. Tappert is the founding director of the Institute, and has served the University for nearly three decades in various positions of leadership.  Dr. Tappert is a licensed Physical Therapist, and holds a terminal degree as Doctor of Physical Therapy.  She is a Fellow with the National Academies of Practice, and is known and respected internationally for her work in interprofessional education. She has held and continues to hold positions of leadership in organizations dedicated to that work.  She will continue to work in other areas of the University after leaving this position.

Dr. Tappert has been a strong advocate for interprofessionalism as a core value of the University, and led efforts to educate incoming students through the design and delivery of a class currently known as Foundations of Interprofessional Practice. With her guidance, the University formed the Baldwin Institute and began staffing it in 2013, opening new offices in May, 2014.   In July 2014, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science dedicated conference space in the office of the Institute in her name in honor of her work.  

A special reception will be held to honor Dr. Tappert on April 16, 2015 at 2:00PM in the Scholl Gallery, adjacent to the lower lobby of the Health Sciences Building.

Dr. Tappert is pictured here with her husband, Kenneth, in July 2014.

Institute News
Spring means "leadership" at the Baldwin Institute

The beginning of spring term marks the launching of HMTD 551: Leadership in the Healthcare Environment, a class of 213 students across four disciplines from the College of Health Professions and the College of Pharmacy.  The focus of the class is to expose students to information about an array of real-life leadership topics, including mentoring, feedback, ethics, the ACA, styles of leadership, change navigation, assessing team outcomes, risk management, marketing, financial resources, and building high performance teams.  Students are clustered in interprofessional teams in our interactive learning space in the Rothstein Warden Centennial Learning Center, and each week one student from each team experiences a low-fidelity leadership simulation.  Faculty for this course represents both University members and external guests.  The primary course director is Dr. Bill Gordon, Associate Director for the Institute.  This course is one of two major learning events sponsored by the Institute each year.

Searches begin for opening within the Institute

Three 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 Education Specialist position is  full-time faculty developing and executing educational experiences for students across the University, including the First Year IP Experience.  This specialist must have command of communication, adult education theory, and success in developing effective andragogies.  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.

TeamSTEPPS training offered University-wide in May

Building on an initiative to provide TeamSTEPPS training to any University community member who is interested, the Baldwin Institute will offer a day-long event on May 2.  TeamSTEPPS is a framework for understanding how collaborative teams work, providing relevant and useful skills for participants to apply in any teams of which they are a part.  Classes include students, staff, and faculty, and are taught by representatives from all three groups over the course of the year.  This training is free, and does require pre-registration one week in advance by contact to state your intent to attend.  The next class is Saturday, May 2 from 8:30-3:30.

Baldwin Institute to provide Staff Professional Development opportunities in March

The Baldwin Institute will provide an interactive learning opportunity for Staff members of the University community in the presentation of "Reaching Across the Gaps: Collaborating for Performance and Satisfaction!"  Using team-based learning to provide a foundation for shared experience in collaboration, this session will utilize the Thomas-Killman model for conflict resolution to explore the power of collaboration, and will provide take-home skills that can be applied by staff in a variety of situations.  This class is being facilitated by Dr. Bill Gordon, Associate Director for the Institute.

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