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Faculty Development and Continuing Education

Continuing Education


Interprofessional education is not just important for students in formal educational programs; faculty and practitioners also need to learn about interprofessional practice if we are to improve the care we deliver. To that end, the Center oversees several offerings for faculty and practitioners.

On-going professional development events provide a venue for faculty and practitioners from around the institution to learn about an area of common interest. Topics have ranged from aspects of interprofessional education to cross-cutting content areas like organ donation and ebola. Sessions are held about monthly, and details are disseminated through the Center’s email list-serve and social media outlets.

The Emswiller Interprofessional Symposium is an annual event for faculty, staff, students, and practitioners from across the region. As one of the first conferences focused in interprofessional education and practice, the Symposium provides a venue for individual to be inspired by others, exchange ideas, and build future collaborations. The Symposium is generally held in March in Richmond, and details, including calls for proposals, are disseminated through the Center’s list-serve and social media outlets.

The Center also facilitates interprofessional education events by request. These events have been implemented both intramurally and other settings across the country and have ranged from hourlong coaching sessions to daylong faculty retreats. For specific inquiries, contact Alan Dow at awdow@vcu.edu.

Key People

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Melissa Burton, B.S.

Academic Coordinator and Fiscal Administrator
Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care

Melissa Burton is the Academic Coordinator and Fiscal Administrator for the Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care Center at VCU.  She previously worked in the VCU School of Pharmacy in Admissions for seven years, and left for a short period to finish her degree in Christian Education.  She has worked for the IPE center for the last few years in an administrative and financial capacity.

Email: mhburton@vcu.edu

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Alan W Dow, M.D., M.S.H.A.

Assistant Vice President of Health Sciences for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care

School of Medicine

Alan Dow is Assistant Vice President of Health Sciences for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care at VCU. He directs the Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care at VCU and is responsible for developing, implementing, and studying initiatives in interprofessional education and collaborative practice across the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Allied Health, and Social Work, the VCU Health System, and the surrounding community. 

Email: alan.dow@vcuhealth.org

Elizabeth Micalizzi, M.B.A., PMP, CCRP

Director, Strategic Projects and Integrated Technology, Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences
and Administrative Director, Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaboration
Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences

Elizabeth Micalizzi, MBA, PMP, CCRP is the Director of Strategic Projects and Integrated Technology in the Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences, and the Administrative Director for the VCU Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care.  Ms. Micalizzi brings almost 20 years professional history in the academic medical center in undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education, instructional development, multi-media design, as well as complex project management in health sciences and integrated techhnology in clinical research.

Email: eamicalizzi@vcu.edu