Interprofessional Education & Community Engagement
Projects & Events:
CHSP’s inaugural mock disaster event occurred in March 2016 on the Dahlonega campus and was a monumental success. Over 250 student, faculty and staff participants, along with UNG Police received Core Disaster Life training. 67 “victims” were successfully SALT triaged and transported to care stations in under 21 minutes.
Plans for the 2017 natural disaster event are underway. It will be held on the Gainesville campus and new collaborators will include Hall County Emergency Services and Northeast Georgia Medical Center. CHSP's Center for Clinical Simulation will serve as a triage and emergency care center.
The annual cREATe Collaboration provides a week-long interprofessional learning experience for UNG Physical Therapy (PT) students and Georgia Tech (GT) Design and Engineering students to partner and create solutions for real-world clinical problems with assistive technology or rehabilitation technology.
The Nursing Department received UNG’s Presidential Innovation Award and approximately $460,000 in 2015 funding to support the development of interprofessional education and the expansion of the Nursing program by creating a virtual hospital and simulation center on the Gainesville campus. Read more exciting details on what the new simulation center includes.
Currently under development is the college’s first interprofessional curriculum - a core curriculum that will synergistically engage CHSP students in all disciplines and programs and educate them as interprofessional teams. Congruent with current healthcare team practice philosophy, this novel approach to core education helps better prepare healthcare students at all levels to work in the global healthcare environment. The IPE Institute team, led by Dr. Carolynn DeSandre, strives to develop interprofessional models of education in which faculty, students, and staff can collaboratively learn and practice healthcare; and aims to continue facilitating our community service outreach efforts through partnering the departments of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Nursing, and Physical Therapy with regional and international affiliates. The 2016-2017 IPE Institute team includes: Dr. Kimberly Castle, Dr. Sharon Chalmers, Dr. Harrison Davis, Dr. Vanessa Jones, Ms. Kasey Jordan, Ms. MaryElizabeth Pirkle, Ms. Katie Parrish, Dr. Mandy Reichert, and Dr. Andy Robinson.
Dr. Carolynn DeSandre, CHSP assistant dean, is a certified nurse-midwife and a family nurse practitioner. In addition, she holds a doctoral degree in human development and family science. Her area of special interest is in the development and management of chronic disease in the family unit. Dr. DeSandre maintains clinical practice at Georgia Mountains Health Services in Dahlonega and enjoys participating in annual medical mission trips with students to Bolivia and Uganda through the Center for Global Engagement.
"I am honored to coordinate a committee comprised of such innovative and dedicated faculty and staff from each department within the College of Health Sciences & Professions. We remain committed to establishing core competencies in IPE; increasing implementation of interdisciplinary approaches to education both in and outside of the classroom. Our vision is to generate a community of faculty and alumni innovators who implement the improved delivery of healthcare through synergistic collaboration between health professionals."