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Interprofessional Quality and Safety Course

About the Course


The Interprofessional Quality and Safety Course (IPEC 502) is a one-credit course for students from pharmacy, nursing, and medicine. Built on the profession-specific competencies from each area, the course engages the students in teams to explore and understand unifying concepts underlying the delivery of high-quality care. Through the course, students learn about the science of safety, the approach to quality improvement, and the behaviors, such as adequate handoffs and appropriate escalation, critical to improving care. Students complete the course with the foundation to lead quality improvement across professional boundaries.

All 2017 sessions take place on Thursday afternoons and will typically follow this schedule:

  • 3:30-3:55pm: (Faculty Only) Faculty just-in-time
  • 4:00-5:15pm: (Faculty and Students) Live instruction delivery to students in the McGlothlin Medical Education Center Learning Studios floors 5-8. 

Students will be notified of assigned team and location about a week prior to class via their respective programs, along with a link to the course Blackboard site.   

Spring 2017 sessions* are: 

  • January 26
  • February 2
  • February 9
  • February 16
  • February 23
  • March 2
  • March 9 - No Class 
  • March 16
  • March 23
  • March 30
  • April 6
  • April 13
*Dates are subject to change. Blackboard will post official class dates.

Director

Early, Jennifer
Jennifer Early, M.S.H.A., RN


Office of Community-Engaged Research

Jen Early has over a decade of experience in community health and community engagement. She is a licensed Registered Nurse and holds a Master of Science in Health Administration. Having practiced as a community health nurse and worked directly with Richmond's most vulnerable families, Ms. Early is passionate about issues of health and equity. She approaches community health from a strength based philosophy of self-determination and empowerment. Ms. Early is a Doctoral Candidate in VCU's School of Health Administration with research interests in health equity, collective impact, alternative models of health care delivery, change management, adoption of innovation, and organization structure and development.

Email: s2jlearl@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

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Susan Johnson, Ph.D., RN, NEA-CC

Assistant Professor
School of Nursing

Susan C. Johnson is an assistant professor of nursing. She is a nurse leader and former administrator who has many years of experience leading and facilitating interprofessional teams in the hospital environment. Dr. Johnson has been instrumental in the development, facilitation, implementation and curricular integration of a number of interprofessional initiatives at VCU.

Email: johnsonsc4@vcu.edu

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Kelly Lockeman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Medicine

Kelly Lockeman joined VCU IPE in 2013 to coordinate evaluation efforts for the Center for Interprofessional Education. She has been engaged in research on outcomes of an interprofessional case conference for early learners, a virtual case activity and interprofessional critical care simulations for senior students, and development of a measure for self-efficacy on the IPEC competencies, as well as a number of other data analysis projects. 

Email: kslockeman@vcu.edu

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