ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy will honor a team of faculty members representing two universities with the 2013 Rufus A. Lyman Award, which recognizes the best paper published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education for the previous year. The authors developed an interprofessional workshop for health professions students to learn how to interact with those from different health fields.
“We hope that we have demonstrated that IPE is not merely an academic exercise, but a way for all healthcare students to recognize the positive impact they can have when working together as part of a patient-focused team.”
“An Introductory Interprofessional Exercise for Healthcare Students” was authored by Celia P. MacDonnell, Pharm.D.; Saumitra V. Rege, M.S.; Kara Misto, Ph.D. Candidate; Richard Dollase, Ed.D.; and Paul George, M.D. They will receive the award on Tuesday, July 16, during the closing banquet at the AACP Annual Meeting, Pharmacy Education 2013, in Chicago.
In a collaborative effort between faculty members from The University of Rhode Island (URI) and Brown University, researchers set out to evaluate how students from the pharmacy and nursing programs at URI, and medical students from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, work together to diagnose and treat patients. They developed a workshop, combining second-year medical students, fourth-year nursing students and third-year student pharmacists, and challenged them to work as an interdisciplinary team to solve various patient cases.
The workshop had a positive impact on the students’ understanding of collaboration and teamwork, and helped foster future student collaborations as healthcare providers. The resulting article will be useful to many schools implementing interprofessional education in their curriculums. The authors cited specific points for future development and their guidance will help schools meet growing real-world demands on the profession.
"More than anything, the Rufus A. Lyman Award brings notice to interprofessional education,” said MacDonnell. “We hope that we have demonstrated that IPE is not merely an academic exercise, but a way for all healthcare students to recognize the positive impact they can have when working together as part of a patient-focused team."
MacDonnell earned both her B.S. and Pharm.D. at The University of Rhode Island and is now serving as clinical associate professor for the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the College of Pharmacy. Her research interests focus on interprofessional education pedagogy.
Rege obtained a master’s degree in pharmacy administration at St. John’s University in New York, where he has worked in direct-to-consumer drug advertising. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in pharmacoepidemiology, focusing on drug adherence and costs in diabetic patients with comorbid depression.
Misto is the lead instructor for advanced medical-surgical nursing, in both theory and practicum at The University of Rhode Island College of Nursing. She is additionally enrolled in the doctoral program at the College of Nursing, with a research interest regarding the role of the nurse in family-focused care.
Dollase is director of the Office of Medical Education at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. George is an assistant professor of family medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is the co-director of the preclinical curriculum at AMS and is the director for curriculum in the primary care-population health program. His research focuses on using technology in medical education and interprofessional education.
“The Lyman Award is given to the authors of the best paper published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education in 2012,” said Joseph T. DiPiro, Pharm.D., editor of AJPE and executive dean of South Carolina College of Pharmacy. “It was selected from about 30 nominees of the 150 papers that were published last year. The Award Selection Committee noted that the article will be useful to many schools that are implementing interprofessional education. The work featured a partnership of a public and a private institution and included students from other professions. The guidance provided will assist colleges and schools in meeting ACPE standards.”
The award is presented annually as a framed certificate along with a stipend of $5,000 to be shared by the authors of the paper.
The 2013 AACP Annual Meeting will be held July 13-17 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The conference offers educational programming, exhibits, networking events and award presentations. Registration fees are waived for credentialed journalists. Visit the AACP Web site or contact our media relations representative for more information.
Founded in 1900, AACP is the national organization representing the interests of pharmacy education. AACP is comprised of all accredited colleges and schools with pharmacy degree programs, including more than 6,500 faculty, 62,500 students enrolled in professional programs and 5,100 individuals pursuing graduate study. To learn more about AACP, visit www.aacp.org.