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).

     OneHealth IPEC

    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

    Jeremy Buchanan LMU-DCOM Interprofessional Education/Clinical Exam Center Manager
    Marca Cenatiempo LMU-DCOM Director of Health Sciences Research and Grants
    Andrew Courtner LMU-Carter & Moyers School of Education Assistant Professor of Education
    Kellee Hanigan LMU-DCOM Associate Professor & Program Director, Physical Therapy
    Jason Hughes LMU-DCOM Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy & Program Director, Occupational Therapy Program
    Sherry Jimenez LMU-DCOM Associate Dean of Assessment and Interprofessional Education
    Stacy Anderson LMU-CVM Vice President and Dean LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine
    Kimberly Kertis LMU-DCOM Research Specialist, Health Sciences
    Brian Kessler LMU-DCOM Vice President and Dean LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Donnie Lewis LMU-DCOM Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, Director of Clinical Education
    Matthew Lyon LMU-Duncan School of Law Vice President and Dean, Duncan School of Law
    James Maxwell LMU-School of Business Dean and Professor of Management
    Paula Miksa LMU-DCOM Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies/Director, Clinical Education, Physician Assistant Program
    Kay Paris LMU-School of Social Sciences Professor of Social Work/Chair Department of Social Work
    Dustin Pulliam LMU-CVM Small Animal Clinical DVM & Assistant Professor of Vet Medicine
    Adam Rollins LMU-School of Mathematics and Sciences Dean LMU-School of Mathematics and Sciences
    Chloe Ruff LMU-DCOM Associate Director of Assessment & Faculty Development & Assistant Professor of Education, Medical Education
    Jennifer Savage LMU-Caylor School of Nursing Assistant Professor of Nursing/Assistant Director of FNP Concentration
    Marcelle Savoy LMU-DCOM Medical Librarian
    Martin Sellers LMU-School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Dean LMU-School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciencies
    Nicole Shields LMU-DCOM Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
    Brent Thompson LMU-DCOM Associate Professor of Anatomy and Chair of Anatomy, DCOM
    Elizabeth Thompson LMU-School of Allied Health Sciences Dean LMU-School of Allied Health Sciences
    Dori Baker LMU-DCOM Administrative Assistant for Assessment and IPE
    Gary Vroeindewey LMU-CVM Director One Health Program
    Joshua Tipton Education Program Director, EDD Program
    Roy Yonts LMU-DCOM Associate Professor and Chair of Family Medicine 
    Timothy Yost LMU-DCOM Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy & Director of Clinical Education
    Teresa Bicknell Education Associate Professor of Education & Associate Dean of CMSE
    Denise Terese-Koch    
    Andrew Buzzelli    
    Heather Keene    
    Leonid Skorin    



    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  (Fall 2019/Spring 2020)

    • Opioid Education Symposium 2020 - Lincoln Memorial University and The Center for Interprofessional Education and Simulation hosted its first fully virtual Opioid Epidemic Education Symposium during the series due to the Covid-19 Pandemic on April 20, 2020.  This year’s symposium was structured to increase recognition of the devastating effects of the opioid abuse epidemic focusing on educating both health professions students and the community on recognizing the potential risks of opioid abuse-associated with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) as well as recognizing the importance of engaging individuals that have suffered Adverse Childhood Events from a trauma informed perspective.

      While registering, the student had the option to choose whether or not they wanted to participate in a pre-event IPE networking activity.  Those students on the list from the registration survey were provided with a link explaining how the partnering process worked.  The 6 winners of the IPE networking activity were awarded a $50 dollar gift card a piece with winners being announced throughout the symposium.  In attendance were students from programs such as osteopathic medical education, physician assistant, law, family nurse practitioner, criminal justice, pharmacy and social work.  Community leaders and service-oriented frontline law enforcement, paramedics, and other trained medical professionals were also in attendance with a combined 2,160 viewers

    Opioid Education Symposium 2020 1
    Opioid Education Symposium 2020 2

    Opioid abuse-associated adverse childhood experiences (aces) was the subject of the 2020 symposium.

    Opioid Education Symposium 2020 3

    Opioid Education Symposium 2020 4

    the 2020 opioid education symposium went fully virtual Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, utilizing zoom to host over 2,100 participants.

    • The Social Determinants of Health Pilot Project - The Social Determinants of Health Pilot Project at Lincoln Memorial University received IRB approval in August of 2019.  An interprofessional team attended the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Institute in Washington D.C. during Spring 2018 resulting in this great project.  Other stakeholders came on board to help us further develop a pilot project to research the efficacy of a virtual Interprofessional Education group learning environment culminating in an onsite simulation. The project in its entirety was built to gauge how well student participants analyze the distinct attributes of unique patient populations with respect to the impact that social determinants have on healthcare, and how well they utilize healthcare team strengths to construct a patient centered healthcare plan.  The student participants included in the pilot were Pharmacy students from South College along with Lincoln Memorial University students from the following disciplines: Family Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, and Osteopathic Medicine.  The student participants were challenged to recognize diverse cultural strengths to help promote overall patient health and healthcare plan compliance.

       The Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Core Competencies most closely connected to the Learning Objectives were:

       -RR4. Explain the roles and responsibilities of other providers and how the team works together to provide care, promote health, and prevent disease.

       -VE3. Embrace the cultural diversity and individual differences that characterize patients, populations, and the health team.

       The pilot project engaged volunteer students and faculty to engage in:

       a) Group Interaction via free web based learning platform (Free Black Board Course Sites)

       b) Pre-post Qualtrics survey

       c) Individual module discussion boards

       d) Cumulative Onsite Simulation with group reflection

    Social Determinants of Health

    • Interprofessional Aspects of a Vehicular Collision  - The Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPECP) has developed and created a pilot project researching the efficacy of an Interprofessional Education video in imparting the importance of productive interprofessional collaboration using the Interprofessional Education Collaborative Core Competencies. Faculty and students from multiple disciplines at LMU are asked to volunteer as pilot project participants to measure the outcomes of the video. The students will be from professional health related schools who generally are engaged in patient health care. Faculty volunteers from the same professional schools will be invited to participate. The efficacy, design and staging of the video, presenting a situation in which interprofessional health care is provided for vehicular collision victims, will be researched. Their feedback will be used to determine the video’s impact on student learning of this portion of IPE characteristics.


    A group photograph captures the wide range of professions that took part in the production of the interprofessional education video


    Amongst the wide range of professions represented, local law enforcement personnel both acted in the interprofessional education video as well as provided their insight


    Medical professionals secure the patient for transport as videographers capture the action




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