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Interprofessional Virtual Geriatrics Case

About the Program


The Interprofessional Virtual Geriatrics Case is a semesterlong collaborative experience for students from Social Work, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Medicine. Supported by a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, faculty and staff created a web-based case system to overcome barriers to interprofessional education. Through the case system, over 600 students collaborate each year to learn about team-based care.

The case system guides students in collaboration of managing an older adult through four episodes of care. In the case system, each profession receives discipline-specific information and enters a synthesis of this information into the case system. Students then use this information to answer questions individually. Once everyone has answered the individual questions, students collaborate to answer the same questions as a group with the support of an electronic message board.

Through this process, students learn about each other and how to work together to improve patient outcomes. This approach has been featured in a number of national forums, and the web-based case system is being used at several other academic institutions.

Important Staff Members

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Melissa Abell, Ph.D., MSW

Associate Professor, and Director, Social Work Program
School of Social Work

Melissa Abell is an Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Social Work program at VCU.  Dr. Abell’s practice in health care, teaching, and scholarship reflect her interest in and commitment to collaboration and interprofessional education.  As director of the MSW program she has played a pivotal role in facilitating the engagement of clinical social work students in interprofessional education opportunities with students in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and the allied health professions.

Email: mlabell@vcu.edu

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Charles Alexander, M.A.

Education Coordinator
School of Medicine

Chuck Alexander is an Education Coordinator for the division of Geriatric Medicine. He is the central administrator for the Interprofessional Virtual Geriatrics Case, delivering evaluations, reports, training, and technical support for preceptors, students, and partner schools. Additionally, he oversees the Senior Mentoring program, the Geriatrics Student Interest Group, the geriatrics House Calls program, and the annual Forum on Aging, along with other initiatives designed to promote the learning of geriatric medicine principles throughout Virginia.

Email: calexander6@vcu.edu

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Peter Boling, M.D.

Professor
School of Medicine

Peter Boling serves as the Virginia Geriatric Education Center co-director. He is also professor of medicine, director of the geriatric medicine, and interim chair of general internal medicine in VCU School of Medicine. His academic work and practice focus on care for frail individuals with high co-morbidity, with a particular interest in care coordination, care transitions, home health and new models of care. 

Email: pboling@mcvh-vcu.edu

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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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Annemarie Conlon, Ph.D., M.B.A., M.S.W., LCSW

Assistant Professor

School of Social Work

Annemarie Conlon is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work. She teaches foundation level practice.She has interprofessional experience as an oncology social worker collaborating with colleagues from medicine, nursing, pharmacy, pt/ot and nutrition. 

Email: aconlon@vcu.edu

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Deborah DiazGranados, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Medicine

Deborah DiazGranados is an organizational scientist and assistant professor in VCU School of Medicine and a course leader for the Foundations of Interprofessional Practice Course.  Her research focuses on teamwork and leadership and she integrates that expertise into the development of the teams and teamwork module of the Foundations of Interprofessional Practice course. 

Email: diazgranados@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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Moshe Feldman, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Research and Evaluation
School of Medicine

Moshe Feldman is an Assistant Professor in the Office of Assessment and Evaluation Studies at VCU School of Medicine. He is responsible for the strategic integration of simulation based methods into the undergraduate medical school curriculum including the use of human patient simulation, virtual patients, and immersive environments. Dr. Feldman currently supports the Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety in the areas of assessment, evaluation, training, and human factors. 

Email: mfeldman@vcu.edu

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Suzänne Fleming Taylor, Ph.D., M.B.A./HCM, OTR/L

Adjunct Instructor
School of Allied Health Professions

Suzänne Fleming Taylor is an occupational therapist in Cancer Rehabilitation at the VCU Massey Cancer Center and, as well as Adjunct Instructor in the VCU School of Allied Health, Department of Occupational Therapy.  As a member of the clinical instruction team, she supervises occupational therapy students and provides interprofessional experiences for other healthcare students.  

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Tracey Gendron, M.S.G., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Medicine

Tracey Gendron is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Gerontology. She is also  a Service-Learning faculty fellow and ASPiRE faculty fellow at VCU. She teaches the Biology and Physiology of Aging, Research Methods, Grant Writing and electives in the Gerontology Department. Her interests education through community engagement and service-learning, aging anxiety, ageism and gerontophobia.

Email: tlgendro@vcu.edu

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Sarah Hobgood, M.D.

Assistant Professor

School of Medicine

Email: shobgood@mcvh-vcu.edu

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Bonita Hogue, L.C.S.W., C-SWHC

Clinical Social Worker
VCU Medical Center

Bonita Hogue is a licensed clinical social worker and social work manager at the VCU Health System. Ms. Hogue also serves as adjunct faculty in the VCU School of Social Work where she has taught courses in advance health policy, health practice, introduction to social work, and human behavior. She also teaches with the Virginia Geriatric Education Center with an interprofessional team of physicians, nurse practitioners, a pharmacist, physical and occupational therapist. 

Email: bhogue@mcvh-vcu.edu

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Jennifer Inker, M.B.A., M.S.G., LALFA

Instructor
School of Medicine

Jennifer Inker is an instructor in the Department of Gerontology. She is an experienced licensed assisted living facility administrator who brings that expertise to her teaching and research. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Gerontology with a focus on leadership in long-term care.

Email: inkerjl@vcu.edu

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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

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Paul Mazmanian, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Continuing Professional Development and Evaluation Studies

School of Medicine

Paul Mazmanian currently serves as Associate Dean for Assessment and Evaluation Studies, VCU School of Medicine, and Director of Evaluation, VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research.  His current research interests include improved performance of physician to physician hand-offs, increased value in event reporting, and better communication for quality and safety in the VCU Health System.  He is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Standing Committee on Credentialing Research in Nursing and he stands as immediate past editor of the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions.

Email: pemazman@vcu.edu

Margaret Meyers

Assistant Professor
School of Medicine

Email: mmeyers@vcu.edu

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Jodi Mincemoyer, LCSW-C-SWHC

Clinical Social Worker
VCU Medical Center

Jodi Mincemoyer is a clinical social worker with The Hume-Lee Transplant Center at VCU Health System. In addition to transplant, she has worked with adult populations in oncology, bone marrow transplant, and internal medicine since 2009. Her prior community-based experience is working with families and individuals experiencing homelessness and with survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence. Jodi also works with the VCU School of Social Work as a Writing Adviser, developing and delivering curriculum to improve writing skills.

Email: mincemoyerj@vcu.edu

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Pamela Parsons, Ph.D., GNP-BC

Associate Professor
School of Nursing

Pamela Parsons is an Associate Professor and Director of Practice and Community Engagement for the School of Nursing. She is the Project Director for the Richmond Health and Wellness Program. Her clinical practice focuses on complex care of chronically ill older adults. Her research interest is development and evaluation of  interprofessional models of collaborative care for underserved populations.

Email: pparsons@vcu.edu

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Emily P Peron, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS, FASCP

Assistant Professor
School of Pharmacy

Emily P. Peron is an assistant professor of geriatrics in VCUSchool of Pharmacy. Dr. Peron’s clinical practice experience spans the continuum of care for older adults, and she currently precepts students at Bremo Pharmacy in Richmond. Her research interests include drug-induced urinary incontinence, medication use in Parkinson’s Disease, and the intersection of global health and geriatrics.

Email: epperon@vcu.edu

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Lana Jean Ritchie Sargent, M.S.N., RN, FNP-C, GNP-BC

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems
School of Nursing

Email: lsargent@vcu.edu

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Rachel Selby-Penczak

Assistant Professor
School of Medicine

Rachel Selby-Penczak is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the VCU School of Medicine.  She has been part of the Geriatric Division for the past 15 years providing medical care to patients in their homes and in nursing homes. Over the past 4 years she been part of the palliative care interdisciplinary team at VCU providing consultative services and care to patients and families on the Thomas Palliative Care Unit and throughout the hospital. 

Email: rselby-penczak@mcvh-vcu.edu

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Leland "Bert" Waters, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Allied Health Professions

Leland “Bert” Waters is an Assistant Professor at the Virginia Center on Aging in the School of Allied Health Professions. He is the Assistant Director at the Virginia Geriatric Education Center, training healthcare professionals to effectively manage geriatric patients through a series of needs-based initiatives, including professional student education in geriatrics, faculty development and in-service training of healthcare providers. 

Email: lhwaters@vcu.edu