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Partnerships Are ‘Chef’s Kiss’ at IPE Seed Grant Symposium

November 19, 2020

“In the patient population that I see, I frequently come across people who just don’t have any cooking skills,” said Lauren Hynicka, PharmD, BCPS, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (UMSOP). “They might not even have a stove or the proper utensils and cookware to prep the meals.”

Health professionals can face similar challenges in providing the proper nutrition education to their patients. To overcome that, 24 University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) students from the schools of pharmacy, dentistry, law, and medicine enrolled in a 1-credit culinary health and medicine elective in the spring hosted at The Institute for Integrative Health in Harbor East.

The elective provides an opportunity for students outside of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, which includes culinary medicine as part of its core curriculum, to add to the breadth of patient care. Christopher D’Adamo, PhD, director of research and associate director, Center for Integrative Medicine, also was part of the course team.

Hynicka’s presentation was one from four teams that presented results of their 13-month interprofessional education (IPE) and interprofessional care projects funded through UMB’s Center for Interprofessional Education (CIPE) at a Nov. 18 faculty symposium via Webex. The grants ranged from $10,200 to $15,000.

“For me as a prior transplant surgeon, interprofessional care of the patients was the only way you took care of them,” UMB President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, said. “Having that as part of our learning objective is really important to me.”

CIPE, directed by Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing, is a national leader in providing interprofessional education for health, law, and human services professionals that is grounded in best practices for educational innovation and assessment.

Here are the IPE 2019-2020 seed grant projects and team members: 

“Using Gamification to Enhance the Learning of Interprofessional Antimicrobial Management”

  • Kimberly Claeys, PharmD, BCPS — School of Pharmacy
  • Emily Heil, PharmD, CPS AQ-ID, AAHIVP — School of Pharmacy
  • Neha Sheth Pandit, AAIVP, BCPS — School of Pharmacy
  • Roseann Velez, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC, FAANP — School of Nursing
  • Jacqueline Bork, MD — School of Medicine
  • Kerri Thom, MD — School of Medicine

“Interprofessional Care for Head and Neck Radiation Patients”

  • Dima Ghunaim, DDS, MS, FACP — School of Dentistry/UMMC
  • Tiffani Tyer, CRNP-AC, AOCNP — University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC)
  • Cynthia Idzik-Starr, DDS — School of Dentistry
  • Donita Dyalram, MD, DDS, FACP — School of Medicine/UMMC
  • Bridgitte Gourley, DNP, FNP-BC — School of Nursing

“An Interprofessional Training to Improve Advance Care Planning Skills of Students and Healthcare Professionals by Collaborating with Oncology and Palliative Care Champions”

  • Leah S. Millstein, MD — School of Medicine
  • Paula Rosenblatt, MD — School of Medicine
  • John Cagle, PhD, MSW — School of Social Work
  • John Allen, MD — School of Medicine
  • Mel Bellin, PhD, LCSW — School of Social Work
  • Steven R. Eveland, MBA, RN, CHPN — School of Social Work
  • Mei Ching Lee, RN, PhD, CHPN — School of Nursing
  • Barbara Perez Marquez, MFA — School of Medicine 

“Interprofessional Education Awareness (IDEA) for Maternal Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)”

  • Doris Titus-Glover, PhD, MSN — School of Nursing
  • Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN — School of Nursing
  • Fadia T. Shaya, PhD, MPH — School of Pharmacy
  • Kathleen Hoke, JD — School of Law
  • Christopher Welsh, MD — School of Medicine
  • Jamie E. Swietlikowski, MS — School of Medicine
  • Rebecca Vivrette, PhD — School of Medicine
  • Katherine Fornili, DNP, MPH, RN, CARN, FIANN — School of Nursing

 “Development of an Interprofessional Culinary Health and Medicine Elective”

  • Christopher D’Adamo, PhD — School of Medicine
  • Lauren M. Hynicka, PharmD, BCPS — School of Pharmacy


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