On February 6th, 124 students, faculty, practitioners, and staff gathered for the Fourth Annual Emswilller Interprofessional Symposium at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Attendees represented 10 states and provided a rich environment for the exchange of ideas.
The Symposium was kicked by Chris Arenson, a physician from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and co-director of the Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Education. She described her work to transform primary care at Jefferson and how that experiences shapes her approach to care and education.
Arenson then joined Meg Zomorodi from UNC School of Nursing and Sharon Lanning for VCU School of Dentistry to engage in a panel discussion with the audience about the challenges of implementing interprofessional education and practice and the factors essential for each of these women to lead successful initiatives.
Attendees next broke for lunch and viewing of posters. The vibrant discussion continued across tables and next to posters with LeShaun Clayton, a medical student from Meharry Medical School, winning the People’s Choice Award for best poster and Erika Dumke from VCU’s Division of Health Sciences Diversity winning the Judges’ Award.
Attendees then viewed a series of oral presentations in either the education or practice track before reconvening for a final session that featured six students from five different higher education institutions in Virginia. The students, who were each nominated by faculty for excellence in interprofessional activities, interacted with the audience and talked about their inspiration for and experiences with interprofessional practice.
The students closed by noting the impact of faculty and practitioners on their perspectives on interprofessional practice. To a person, they expressed gratitude for the role modeling and mentorship provide by the interprofessional leaders at their institutions.
More information abotut the Symposium, including slides from presentations and a copy of the program, can be found here.