Interprofessional Institute


Dr. Susan Tappert departs

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 May 7 from 2:00-4:00.

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

Institute News
Searches underway for openings 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.


--Dr. Bill Gordon and Tamzin Batteson provided podium presentations at the Armstrong State University Interprofessional Summit in Savannah, GA on April 10.  Gordon presented on the topic of Rapid Team Formation, and Gordon and Batteson presented on Effectively Teaching Leadership in the Interprofessional Classroom.

--Dr. Bill Gordon will be a keynote speaker at the 2015 ABC South Conference in O'Fallon, IL on May 15, 2015.  Gordon's presentation caps off the conference with a message about how collaborative, interprofessional teams are needed to provide optimal care for children with Autism, Behavior, and Complex Medical Needs (hence, ABC!)  This conference is "a trauma-informed, interprofessional approach to caring for children with special needs", and is sponsored by the IL Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

--Tamzin Batteson and Dr. Bill Gordon will provide a podium presentation at the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity in Honolulu, HI, which runs from May 18-22, 2015.  Batteson and Gordon will present on the topic of "Creating Real Change:  Critical Literacy and Principles of Change Agency", looking at how media representations reinforce implicit biases and how to empower emerging change agents to confront these injustices.  This material is drawn thematically from content in the HMTD 515 Foundations of Interprofessional Practice course, where Batteson and Gordon presented it originally.  The Baldwin Institute is committed to a "straight line" relationship to issues of diversity, inclusion, and respect for differences as a key component in building effective, collaborative, interprofessional teams.

--Dr. Douglas Reifler, 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.

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