"Integrated Professional Education
at Community Health Centers: Training Medical
and Dental Students for Collaborative Care"

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
2:00PM EDT
Webinars are one hour in length. Space is limited.


Ruth Michaelis


Presented By:
Ruth Michaelis, MD
Regional Director of Medical Education
HealthPoint Community Health Center




HealthPoint is a community health organization whose delivery of care is built on interprofessional relationships and teamwork. Medical, dental, pharmacy, nursing, nutrition, naturopathy, acupuncture, and behavioral health services are offered all under one roof. Partnerships with A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA)'s School of Dentistry and Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) provide diverse training opportunities for second year medical students and 4th year dental students.

Collaborative learning is crucial to the success of our learners, however providing interprofessional education (IPE) curriculum poses many challenges, especially in the community health field. In 2016, we initiated an ongoing IPE project where medical and dental students are paired to work with a family medicine physician in clinic. Students see patients and teach each other key components of the medical and dental exams. Stakeholders (physician preceptors, students and patients) provide feedback on the value of the activity. This session will share the experiences with curriculum development and implementation as well as strategies used to overcome challenges.

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:
1. Explore methods for training integrated care process for dental and medical students.
2. Describe potential barriers to implementing an interprofessional education curriculum and clinical experience
3. Identify solutions to those barriers




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