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April has been declared Interprofessional Health Care Month by the National Academies of Practice 

In recognition of this special month the Center for Interprofessional Education and Simulation (CIPES) held its first IPHC Symposium on April 30, 2019.

A full day program of presentations, posters and panels was well received by 110 attendees from across campus and the community.

In an article for UAB News Bob Shepard Public Relations Manager, Health and Medicine wrote; 

“This symposium highlighted current and future interprofessional programs at UAB and in the UAB Health System,” said program organizer Peter Bosworth, with the UAB Center for Interprofessional Education and Simulation. “The program emphasized the great strides already taken to meet the aims of interprofessional education and collaborative practice, while exploring ways to expand and improve attendees’ knowledge and understanding of the field.”

The keynote speaker was Scott Newell, a commercial pilot and emergency medical technician who now works as a health care simulation educator. Newell’s presentation “The view from the cockpit: Do you see what I see?” is an overview of human factors and crew resource management for health care and simulation professionals.

Participants also heard from Nancy McLemore, a cancer survivor and medical actress who portrays patients in simulation training for medical professionals. Lightheartedly calling herself a “hypochondriactress,” McLemore first portrayed a woman with breast cancer in training sessions with nurse practitioners. Three years later, she received her own diagnosis for breast cancer. Now cancer-free, she has experienced the vast gray area between clinical empathy and clinical detachment. Her talk focused on her experiences with empathy, as a standardized patient in a training exercise and as a real patient.