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Pitt Schools of the Health Sciences to Host Third Annual Interprofessional Forum

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 23, 2010 – The University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences will kick off the third annual Interprofessional Forum at 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1, at the Pitt School of Medicine, Lecture Rooms 5 and 6, Scaife Hall, Oakland. The Interprofessional Forum introduces first-year students from the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dental Medicine, Nursing, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and the Graduate School of Public Health to the concept of team-based approaches to patient care, or interprofessionalism.

“Collaboration across all health disciplines is needed to improve quality, reduce cost and achieve optimal patient outcomes and safety. This approach to patient care is introduced to students before they begin their health care careers and is reinforced throughout the students’ education at the University of Pittsburgh,” said Arthur S. Levine, M.D., Pitt’s senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and dean, School of Medicine.

The Interprofessional Forum will include presentations and discussion panels featuring faculty and students from the Pitt Schools of the Health Sciences:

  • Patient interview – A mock interview with a patient surrogate will provide students with an opportunity to learn about the importance of teamwork from the patient’s perspective.
  • Moderated dean’s discussion – Deans will participate in a panel discussion regarding the importance of making interprofessional education a reality.
  • CLARION Competition recap – Pitt’s award-winning team will discuss their experience at the 2010 CLARION National Interprofessional Case Competition.
  • Musical performance – The School of Medicine’s a capella group, the PalPITTations, will perform.  

The event will close with the announcement of the formation of the Pitt chapter of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School, a new interprofessional student organization.

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