COHPA Home
  • Blog
  • 2014
  • Social Work Plays Key Role in Interprofessional Education Event
ShareThis
Text Size:
Print This Page

Social Work Plays Key Role in Interprofessional Education Event

Click image to enlarge View SlideShow

School of Social Work faculty members and students played a key role in the first interprofessional education program held at UCF's College of Medicine. The event was held Dec. 10-11.

Master of Social Work students and first-year medical students from UCF and first-year pharmacy students from the University of Florida sat side-by-side for workshops on homelessness and health in an interdisciplinary approach to education conceived by the World Health Organization.

According to WHO, "Interprofessional education occurs when students from two or more professionals learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes." A goal is to prepare students to enter the workforce as a member of a collaborative team.

This approach has become a requirement for accreditation for certain health professions' schools, especially medical schools, said social work Professor Mary Ann Burg, who helped design the program in collaboration with Dr. Judy Simms-Cendan, coordinator of interdisciplinary education for UCF's College of Medicine. The two had collaborated on a similar program at UF's College of Medicine.

At the UCF event, students gathered for four hours each day to listen to presentations and participate in group exercises. They heard from faculty members and a community leader.

For example, Burg spoke to the group about homelessness in the United States and primary health problems of the homeless. Bakari Burns, chief executive officer of Health Care for the Homeless, discussed the situation close to home. His organization is an interdisciplinary primary care clinic housed in the Florida Department of Health in Orange County.

"After the presentations, the students were divided into small interdisciplinary groups to work on a case of a homeless family and to develop a legislative proposal for advocating for health care needs of homeless families," Burg said.

Other participants from the School of Social Work included Associate Professors Denise Gammonley and Shawn Lawrence; Instructors Mary Dillon, Mary Mann and Maralee Walsh; and Instructor and Field Education Coordinator Jacqueline Withers.

Burg said the event was very successful.

"We had many students tell us that they enjoyed it, and that they learned a lot about health care resources and gaps in health care for the homeless," she shared. "The medical and pharmacy students were especially glad to have our social work students participate and asked that there be more social work students at the future events."

The College of Medicine's organizing faculty has already asked that social work faculty be involved in future interprofessional events, she added.

View welcome remarks by Michael Frumkin, dean of the College of Health and Public Affairs, aired at the beginning of the event.

Share and Enjoy:

Mentioned : Mary Ann Burg
Categories :

Archive

The health care informatics master's program at UCF really helped me connect with the industry, meet people at conferences and sit for the most-desired certification exams."
— Michael Neimann M.S. in health care informatics ('14)
My internship with the District 9 Medical Examiner’s Office was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I gained an excellent understanding of the medical examiner’s office and the criminal justice field in general."
— Adam Stubley B.S. in criminal justice, criminal profiling certificate ('11)
UCF provides its physical therapy students with an excellent education and prepares them to work in the most challenging of settings."
— Jamie Dyson Rehabilitation Supervisor, Orlando Regional Medical Center
UCF's program provided me the opportunity to expedite my student experience while attaining practical experience working within local health systems."
— Daniel Barr V.P. at National Children's Hospital; M.S. in health sciences, health services administration track ('04)
My master's education helped me see the big picture of the nonprofit industry. UCF showed me how to see the different fundraising tools within the Central Florida area."
— Krysti Griffith Executive Director of Growth from Grief; Master of Nonprofit Management ('12)
The course opened my eyes to grant writing ... I learned a great deal and you [Barbara Howell] are truly an excellent instructor."
— Deborah Reith Master of Public Administration student who secured a $10,000 federal grant through a course project; B.S. in criminal justice ('86)
The skills I learned during my time at UCF are what made my transition to law school so seamless."
— Jacqueline Iaquinta Touro Law Center student; B.S. in legal studies ('10)
As an inaugural graduate of the M.R.A. program at UCF, I can attest to the outstanding curriculum developed for research administrators. "
— April Heyward Post Award Services Coordinator, University of South Carolina; Master of Research Administration ('13)
It was at UCF that I first learned many of the skills that I’ve since honed, including mapping with GIS software - an ability I found invaluable to my search for internships, graduate-level coursework, and employment."
— Richard "Ben" Hagen Research and Communications Associate, New Economy Project, New York City; B.S. in public administration ('10)
I am excited to be able to give back to the program that invested so much in me. It is truly and honor and a privilege."
— Carlos Gual Instructor of Athletic Training; B.S. in athletic training ('09)
The faculty advisor [at my medical school] was amazed that I had the opportunity to truly participate in the full spectrum of research as an undergraduate. "
— Chase Cavayero, medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicince, B.S. in health sciences - pre-clinical ('13) 
Give a Gift - The College of Healh & Public Affairs