Dean Carolyn Ma: “Ultimately, our efforts will make an impact on patient care outcomes as Advocate Interprofessional Education filters through our healthcare education programs.”
Carolyn Ma, dean of the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, was selected as one of 42 leaders nationwide to present their university’s interprofessional education (IPE) projects at the inaugural Interprofessional Deans Leadership Program. IPE projects integrate and collaborate among pharmacy, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work and public health professionals. The gathering was sponsored by the Academy for Academic Leadership Nov. 29 through Dec. 1 in Washington, D.C.
Speakers at the event presented methods and models of interprofessional collaboration to the group, which represented 15 schools that are members of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative.
“It was inspiring to see high levels of support at the national level at this groundbreaking event,” Ma says. “Here in Hawai‘i, we have recognized the importance of these varied health care professions by pulling together to help an overstressed system through collaborative projects and classes. This national trend gives us reinforcement. Ultimately, our efforts will make an impact on patient care outcomes as [advocate interprofessional education] filters through our healthcare education programs.”
Topics discussed included leadership assessment and self-analysis, collaboration, conflict management and communication, facilitation of institutional and cultural change, strategic thinking and planning, emerging models of health care, uses of technology, strategies for working with senior administration, financial management, public relations, and ideas for influencing policy.