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Misericordia University served as one of seven host sites for the 8th Annual Collaborative Care Summit that featured more than 850 students and 148 faculty facilitators from 12 colleges and universities in Northeast and Central Pennsylvania. Facilitators participating in the program are, first row from left, Laurie Brogan, Misericordia; Julie Cleary, LCCC; Dana Cacioppo, LCCC; Bethany Francis, Misericordia; Pam MacNeely, King’s College; Susan Barker, Misericordia; Jack Goble, Jr., Misericordia; Christine Shatto, PSU-Hazleton; Randy Shatto, PSU-Hazleton and Gina Capitano, Misericordia. Second row, Darlene Donnelly, Misericordia; Tianna Bolmsky, PSU-Hazleton; Maureen Savner, LCCC; Nicole Evanosky, Misericordia; Noreen Brzozowski, LCCC; Michelle Schmude, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, and Vicky Shah, Wilkes; third row, Rita Cross, Kings College; Lynn Blazaskie, Misericordia; Lorraine Novinger, King’s College; John Conrad, LCCC; Matthew Toniatti, King’s College and Kathleen Gelso, Misericordia; fourth row, Dawn Evans, Misericordia; Jean Denion, King’s College; Lori Charney, Misericordia; Jennifer Dessoye, Misericordia; Rita Carey, Misericordia and David Hage, Misericordia .

Misericordia University recently served as one of seven host sites for the 8th annual Collaborative Care Summit that featured more than 850 students and 148 faculty facilitators from 12 colleges and universities in northeastern and central Pennsylvania.

Sponsored by the Northeastern/Central Pennsylvania Interprofessional Education Coalition (NECPA-IPEC), the conference promotes interprofessional approaches to health care. The coalition is comprised of Johnson College, King’s College, Lackawanna College, Lock Haven University, Luzerne County Community College (LCCC), Marywood University, Misericordia University, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Penn State-Hazleton, The University of Scranton and Wilkes University. The mission of NECPA-IPEC is to provide vision and leadership to foster and support interprofessional education in health care.

The program also was hosted at King’s College, Marywood University, The Pennsylvania College of Technology, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and the University of Scranton. Facilitators, working in small, interprofessional groups of students discussed the importance of working in cooperation with health care providers and others who contribute to or support the delivery of health care services. They also compared and contrasted the roles and responsibilities of other health care providers and how interprofessional teams work together to provide safe and effective patient care.

Participants recognized the importance of patient-centered care and reflected upon individual interpersonal communication skills, such as active listening, encouraging ideas, and opinions of team members as well as respecting others.

The conference brought together students studying health and medical sciences at participating institutions. At Misericordia University, students majoring in diagnostic medical sonography, exercise science, medical imaging, medical physician, nursing, occupational therapy, paramedic, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, social work, and speech-language pathology learned from each other with a collaborative approach to patient care.

NECPA-IPEC was founded in 2008 as a collaborative effort between local colleges and universities that offer health care programs.