Curricular Highlights

Interprofessional Education Summary

Spring 2022

  • Opioid Education Symposium 2022: Stigma Associated with Patients with Substance Use Disorder
    Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) hosted the 2022 Virtual Opioid Education Symposium (OES2022) on Monday, April 18, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The theme of this year’s symposium was Stigma Associated with Patients with Substance Use Disorder. This symposium series continues to increase recognition, from both clinical and holistic perspectives, of the devastating factors contributing to opioid misuse, regionally and nationally. There was over a thousand attendees including, but not to be limited to, students from programs such as Osteopathic Medical Education, Physician Assistant, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pharmacy and Social Work.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Please click the link below to access the event recording:

Fall 2021

  • Healthcare Literacy and Interprofessional Telehealth Considerations
    The primary objective of this Interprofessional learning activity is to provide students with an opportunity to analyze the impact of culture, language, social determinants of health, and health literacy, along with Interprofessional telehealth considerations, as they pertain to continuity of care and the patient's ability to make and implement health related decisions across multiple levels of patient-centered care. This IPE project includes students from various disciplines at LMU including Osteopathic Medicine, Physician Assistant, Family Nurse Practitioner, Physical Therapy, Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy students from South College.  It is utilized within each of the disciplines differently, as either a course, certificate program, or co-curricular requirement credit depending on the curricular needs of each discipline. 
    This virtual activity provided approximately 300 students the opportunity to experience multiple online synchronous simulations.  The students witnessed actual professionals as the modeled a simulated interdisciplinary team (IDT) meeting in a hospital setting, as well as a simulated telehealth session at a skilled nursing facility along with a simulated telehealth session to take place at the patient’s home.  All simulations were accomplished by utilizing live Zoom sessions with Zoom supported polling and breakout room opportunities planned to facilitate interprofessional group learning.
  • Center for Animal and Human Health in Appalachia (CAHA)
    The Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine, Center for Animal and Human Health in Appalachia in conjunction with the Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Center for Interprofessional Education and Simulation in partnership with South College School of Pharmacy and the University of Kentucky Center for Interprofessional Health Education developed and implemented an Interprofessional pre-event activity for the CAHA/One Health Conference on October 15, 2021.  One Health, as defined by the CDC, is a collaborative, multisectoral, and transdisciplinary approach—working at the local, regional, national, and global levels with the goal of achieving optimal health outcomes recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment. 

    This team-based activity included approximately 636 students from multiple disciplines divided up into 100 interprofessional teams. Teams consisted of 7-8 students from various disciplines. There were 3 distinctly different one health scenarios that were created for this IPE learning activity. 1/3 of the teams were assigned one of the three separate scenarios that were created as their assignment. The students learned from, with, and about one another while being asked to answer questions specific to their assigned scenario and to then create and submit a team PowerPoint presentation. Interdisciplinary faculty groups assessed each submission via rubric to identify the top team from each scenario.  The winning teams were chosen from each of the 3 scenario groupings. The three winning teams were then given the opportunity to present during the conference. 

Past Highlights from Spring 2021

  • TeamSTEPPS® IPE Training

    LMU-DCOM held an IPE/TeamSTEPPS® Essentials Course training for their DO students with pharmacy students from both University of Tennessee (UT) and South College.  This event took place on 8 February 2021 via Zoom.  We had four TeamSTEPPS® Master Trainers.  A total of 604 students attend; LMU had 340; 104 Knoxville, 236 Harrogate; UT had 182; 40 Knoxville, 32 Nashville, 110 Memphis; and South had 82; Knoxville.

    TeamSTEPPS® is a teamwork system designed for health care professionals that is:

    • A powerful solution to improving patient safety within your organization.
    • An evidence-based teamwork system to improve communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals.
    • A source for ready-to-use materials and a training curriculum to successfully integrate teamwork principles into all areas of your health care system.
    • Scientifically rooted in more than 20 years of research and lessons from the application of teamwork principles.
    • Developed by Department of Defense's Patient Safety Program in collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

    TeamSTEPPS® provides higher quality, safer patient care by:

    • Producing highly effective medical teams that optimize the use of information, people, and resources to achieve the best clinical outcomes for patients.
    • Increasing team awareness and clarifying team roles and responsibilities.
    • Resolving conflicts and improving information sharing.
    • Eliminating barriers to quality and safety.
  • 2021 Opioid Education Symposium

    Pain and Symptom Management: Striking a Balance 

    Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) hosted the 2021 Virtual Opioid Education Symposium on Monday, April 19, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The theme of the symposium was Pain and Symptom Management: Striking a Balance with key takeaways for students, health care providers, community leaders, front line law enforcement and other service-oriented care providers. The symposium is open to the community and was held completely online via Zoom.

    The symposium helped attendees understand the role of opioids as supplemental measures for symptom and end-of-life care while explaining the different roles of interdisciplinary group members. The event showcased clear case examples that illustrated how to effectively collaborate as a member of the health care team to achieve optimal patient care and show how to recognize - from both clinical and holistic perspectives - the devastating factors contributing to opioid misuse regionally and nationally. 

    Attendees included, but was not be limited to, students from osteopathic medical education, physician assistant, family nurse practitioner, pharmacy, and social work programs. All interested course directors, community leaders, community partners and other trained medical professionals were also invited to attend this free event. There was 2,375 viewers for this event.

    Objectives for this virtual event were as follows:

    1. Recognize, from a clinical and holistic perspective, the devastating factors contributing to opioid misuse regionally and nationally.
    2. Describe the role of opioids and adjunctive measures for palliative and end of life care.
    3. Differentiate the roles of Interdisciplinary group members in collaboration for patient care.

    Monday, April 19, 2021 from 12:30 – 4:30          Symposium Facilitator: Mr. Jeremy Buchanan

    12:30 - 12:40 (10)   Introduction and opening remarks: Dr. Sherry Jimenez

    12:40 - 1:25 (45)     Keynote: (Presentation Title) Dr. Veera Motashaw

    1:25 - 1:55 (30)       Simulated IDG

    • Case #1 Palliative Care and Symptom Management
    • Case #2 End of Life Care

    1:55 - 2:10 (15)        Break

    2:10 - 3:00 (65)        Interdisciplinary Group Debrief

    • Team Role (When and how to be included)
    • IPE pre-event activity winner announcement
    • Question & Answer Session

    3:15 - 3:45 (30)        Speaker: Ms. Devin Hartzler MSN, FNP-C, ACHPN

    3:50 - 4:30 (40)        Culminating Speaker: Dr. Warren Wisnoff

Please click the link below to access the event recording:                                                        

  • Food Stamp (SNAP) Challenge Pilot Project

    The Center for Interprofessional Education and Simulation ran a Food Stamp (SNAP) Challenge Pilot Project from May 2021 thru July 2021.  The learning objective was to ascertain the impact of an interprofessional food stamps (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP) exercise among osteopathic medical and family nurse practice students’ in developing awareness of food insecurities as a social determinant of health, specifically access.

    Osteopathic Medical students were partnered with a fellow Nurse Practitioner student to conduct a “food stamp” activity where they shopped as partners (virtually or in-person) for groceries using an average food stamp allocation.  As part of the pilot they were also asked to donate one food item or volunteer time at a local food pantry.  The students were given a total shopping budget and asked to create a food log based on their budget allocation..

    Using the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) competencies as a framework the students were expected to meet the following outcomes; place interests of patients and populations at the center of interprofessional health care delivery and population health programs and policies, with the goal of promoting health and health equity across the life span, embrace the cultural diversity and individual differences that characterize patients, populations, and the health team, and be able to engage health and other professionals in shared patient-centered and population-focused problem solving

    A very special thanks to the IPE team responsible for the launching of this study: Dr. Jennifer Russomanno, Dr. Jennifer Savage, Dr. Sherry Jimenez, and Mr. Jeremy Buchanan