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Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPECP)

Mission Statement

Promote interprofessional collaboration amongst individuals who will contribute to team-based, patient-centered care emphasizing roles, responsibilities, values, teamwork and communications to improve population, animal and environmental health outcomes.



The Center for IPE and Simulation will serve as a central focal point for coordinating and integrating activities in:

  • Interprofessional Education

  • Faculty Development

  • Educational Assessment and Data Analysis

  • Evaluation of Patient-centered Clinical Skills Education

  • One Health

  • Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs)

The Department will also support and collaborate on activities relating to the campus-wide One Health Initiative and Center for Animal and Human Health in Appalachia (CAHA).


Lincoln Memorial University Disciplines, Schools and Colleges

IPE Steering Council

Interprofessional education (IPE) continues to become an increasingly important aspect of professional education. The number of activities being developed on the LMU campus continues to grow. In an effort to keep momentum with the campus wide meeting that took place September 2017 and in light of multi-disciplinary activities that have and continue to be developed, the purpose of the IPE Steering Committee is to promote and facilitate an environment of interprofessional collaboration amongst health profession students that emphasizes roles and responsibilities, values and ethics, teamwork, and interprofessional communication to optimize patient care.


IPE Steering Committee Members

Interinstitutional Directory
Dr. Stacy Anderson College of Veterinary Medicine


Dean CVM & Professor of Veterinary Medicine

Maha Ayesh School of Law


Director of Experiential Learning and Assistant Professor of Law

Dori Baker College of Osteopathic Medicine CIPES Administrative Assistant
Dr. Ann-Marie C. Buchanan Social Work Program


Chair/Program Director Department of Social Work Phi Alpha - Eta Nu Chapter Honor Society Advisor Associate Professor of Social Work

Jeremy Buchanan College of Osteopathic Medicine


Project Manager, Interprofessional Educational (IPE) Development

Dr. Andrew Buzzelli College of Optometric Medicine


Dean, College of Optometric Medicine

Marca Cenatiempo College of Osteopathic Medicine


Director of Health Sciences Research and Grants

Dr. Tammy Dean School of Nursing


Dean, Caylor School of Nursing & Professor of Nursing

Dr. Kellee Hanigan Doctor of Physical Therapy Program


Associate Professor & Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Jason Hughes Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program


Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy & Program Director, Occupational Therapy Program

Stephanie Hull LMU-Knoxville PA Program

Eds, MMS, PA-C

Associate Professor, Assistant Dean and Program Director, LMU-Knoxville Physician Assistant 

Dr. Sherry Jimenez College of Osteopathic Medicine


Associate Dean of IPE and Simulation, Associate Professor, Medical Education Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM)

Kathryn Jones School of Nursing


Simulation Director of Undergraduate Nursing, Caylor School of Nursing

Kimberly Kertis College of Osteopathic Medicine


Director, Research and Informatics LMU-DCOM

Dr. Don Lewis Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program


Director of Clinical Education, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

Dr. Christopher Loyke College of Osteopathic Medicine


Dean and Chief Academic Officer, Professor of Family Medicine LMU-DCOM

Matthew Lyon School of Law


Vice President and Dean, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Associate Professor of Law

Dr. Paula Miksa School of Medical Sciences


Assistant Dean and Program Director, DMS Program

Dr. Mark Moran School of Medical Sciences


Vice President & Dean, School of Medical Sciences & Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

Dr. Kay Paris Social Work Program


Professor of Social Work Department of Social Work

Dr. Dustin Pulliam College of Veterinary Medicine


Small Animal Clinical DVM & Assistant Professor of Vet Medicine

Dr. Chloe Ruff College of Osteopathic Medicine


Director of Academic Assessment for LMU-DCOM Knoxville

Dr. Jennifer Savage Family Nurse Practitioner Program


Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Assistant Professor, Caylor School of Nursing

Tessa Gibson College of Osteopathic Medicine Medical Librarian, LMU-DCOM
Dr. Denise Terese-Koch College of Dental Medicine


Dean, College of Dental Medicine, LMU College of Dental Medicine

Dr. Donald Noah College of Veterinary Medicine


Assistant Dean for One Health, Public Health & Epidemiology 

Dr. Elizabeth Thompson School of Allied Health Sciences


Dean, LMU-School of Allied Health Sciences

SFC (R) Kirk Wallace College of Osteopathic Medicine Assistant Director Center for IPE and Simulation 
Dr. Gary Vroeindewey College of Veterinary Medicine


Professor, Director One Health Program

Dr. Chris Yonts College of Osteopathic Medicine


Associate Professor and Chair of Family Medicine 

Dr. Timothy Yost Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

PT, DPT, Cert. MDT

Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Jan D. Zieren College of Osteopathic Medicine


Professor of Family Medicine 

 IPE Interinstitutional Council Members

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Dr. James Ballard University of Kentucky


Center Director– University of Kentucky Center for Interprofessional Health Education 

Dr. Katie Kiser South College


Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice Director, Interprofessional Education Ambulatory Care Clinical Specialist - NHC Farragut South College School of Pharmacy 

Dr. Chelsea Phillips Renfro University of Tennessee

PharmD, CHSE

Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Simulation-based Education, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science 

Dr. Brian Winbigler University of Tennessee

PharmD, MBA

Assistant Professor The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science


Purposeful collaboration between the various educational disciplines at Lincoln Memorial University fosters educational experiences that focuses on the IPEC Competencies:

  • Values/Ethics
  • Roles/Responsibilities
  • Interprofessional Communication
  • Teams & Teamwork

LMU-DCOM incorporates these objectives in its current and future IPE activities:

  • Creating a virtual presence that will allow for asynchronous learning activities, promote interprofessional interactions and allow for one stop programming communication
  • Continued creation of IPE learning activities both curricular and extra-curricular
  • Creating a system for individual programs to account for IPE participation
  • Planning evaluation for all parts of the IPE experience for faculty/staff and students
  • Nurturing leadership qualities that showcase IPC

Interprofessional Education Summary (Spring 2021/Fall 2021)

  • TeamSTEPPS IPE Training

    LMU-DCOM held an IPE/TeamSTEPPS Essentials Course training for their DO students with pharmacy students from both 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






  • 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


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