Interprofessional Institute


Institute News

The DeWitt C. Baldwin Institute for Interprofessional Education will address student groups at Northern Illinois University on November 18, 2015.  This two-hour opportunity provides a chance to inform students about the needs and opportunities in both interprofessionalism and at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.  Attending that event will be Dr. Judith Stoecker, Dr. Bill Gordon, and Tamzin Batteson.  

HMTD 515 will host a student conference on November 18 that includes educational partners from both inside and outside our University.  During the course of this afternoon event, students will self-select a course of study from approximately fifteen seminar opportunities, attending three 50-minute sessions.  This event provides students opportunities to select topics that they believe will be most relevant to them and their education.  HMTD 515, Foundations for Interprofessional Practice, is a course offered by the Baldwin Insitute, and is required of all first-year students in clinical programs.  

The Office of Global Health will send a team from Rosalind Franklin University to the IMSS conference in Mexico in mid-November.  Building on an unfolding partnership, five RFUMS faculty will partner with their counterparts in Mexico, and several presentations to the conference will be offered.  The team consists of Dr. Hector Rasgado Flores, Dr. Stephanie Wu, Dr. April Newton, Dr. Marcia Stout, and Dr. Catherine Myser, the new Director of Global Health and Ethics within the Baldwin Institute.  Drs. Wu, Newton, and Stout will be presenters.  

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 and Dr. April Newton.


--Dr. Bill Gordon and Tamzin Batteson will do an oral presentation at the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions conference in Scottsdale, AZ October 28-30, 2015.  The presentation is "Changing Faces: The Transformation of Interprofessional Healthcare Education" and will address issues related to the expansion of understanding of healthcare teams to include a broader spectrum of community participants, including clinical and non-clinical contributors.  Gordon is the current Associate Director for the Baldwin Institute, and Batteson serves as the Research Specialist.  

--Tamzin Batteson and Dr. Bill Gordon have been invited to lead seminars at the IL Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics' 6th Annual ABC (Autism, Behavior, Complex Medical Issues) Conference in Palos Heights, IL on November 20, 2015.  All participants of the conference will have built into their scheduling tracks the opportunity to learn how to begin to enhance their interprofessional collaborations to optimize care for these children.  The seminar is specifically targeted to address issues of "what's next," building on two invited keynotes to ICAAP Conferences in the past year, in which Dr. Gordon spoke about interprofessional teams and their formation.  

-- 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.