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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 2018 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 eLearning site.   

Spring 2018 sessions will be posted soon*. 

*Dates are subject to change. eLearning will post official class dates.

Key People

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

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

School of Medicine


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. 


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.