Downstate Academic Collaboration Contributes to IPE Case Study

By Office of The President | Apr 17, 2023

IPE Case StudyThe School of Health Professions recently hosted an Interprofessional Education (IPE) Case Study session, where nine faculty members and over 100 students from SOHP, Nursing, and Public Health convened to determine interprofessional treatment for the chosen case study. The case study was a difficult one that involved pregnancy-associated osteoporosis in a woman presenting with chronic back pain and many health challenges. 

The session demonstrated the value of interdisciplinary healthcare and showcased how combining insights from different specialties can benefit patients. Students worked collaboratively in eight breakout groups to determine how to provide the best treatment. 

Suggestions ranged from reversing the patient’s osteoporosis and referring the patient to a rehabilitation center to measures to ease the pain by changing sitting positions while nursing to improving body mechanics. Another recommendation, because of the patient’s high-risk profile, was that delivery should be made in-hospital by C-section rather than by home birth.  

Interprofessional Education, or IPE, is one of the goals for academic excellence established by Downstate’s strategic plan, IMPACT 2030. IPE’s key features are teamwork, shared learning, and collaboration.

I extend gratitude to the collaborating faculty: (School of Health Professions) Veneta Callpani, BS, RDMS, Clinical Assistant Professor, Diagnostic Medical Imaging; Adiebonye Jumbo, Ph.D., ITIL, Assistant Professor & Clinical Coordinator, Medical Informatics; Susanrachel Condon, CNM, LM, DM, FACM, Clinical Assistant Professor, Midwifery; Krystal M. Brewington, OTD, OTR/L, CPAM, Assistant Professor Occupational Therapy; Farhad Haeri, PT, DPT, MTC, OCS, Assistant Professor Physical Therapy; and Abdallah Saudi, M.D., FASPC, Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant; (School of Public Health) Marlene Camacho-Rivera, ScD, MS, MPH, Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences; as well as (College of Nursing) Kathleen Bratby, EdD, RN, Clinical Associate Professor, and Barbara Ann M. Messina, Ph.D., RN, ANP, Associate Professor.

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Tags: School of Public Health, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions