Interprofessional Education Week to offer WVU community cross-discipline learning opportunities

In-person, virtual activities planned for April 8-11

Interprofessional Education Week to offer WVU community cross-discipline learning opportunities

The West Virginia University Health Sciences Office of Interprofessional Education will celebrate and share the importance of healthcare professionals practicing and promoting an interprofessional collaborative approach to person-centered care during a series of events April 8-11.

Interprofessional Education Week will include a kickoff event featuring an awards ceremony honoring faculty and students, a well-being activity and workshop, student led NARCAN trainings, a panel discussion focused on HIV/AIDS and a presentation related to substance use disorder.

All events are open to WVU students, faculty and staff.

Schedule of Events

Monday, April 8

  • This IPE Week kickoff event will feature an awards ceremony honoring students and faculty from 12-1 p.m. Honorees will gather for an in-person presentation that others are invited to join via Zoom. This year's Awards for Excellence in Interprofessional Education recipients are the IPE Student Innovation Challenge team of School of Dentistry and School of Medicine students Chance Brown, Payten Brown, Kamryn Jefferson, Blair Lewis, Kara Lobban and Ryan Massinople and School of Medicine Assistant Professor Anna Lama. The event will also celebrate the progress of IPE Student Innovation Challenge teams who created WVoice: A Health Sciences Podcast and are advancing women’s health education. Learn more about the award recipients.
  • Join the Health Sciences community from 4-6 p.m. in the Pylons Commons for “Art in the Pylons” to learn about using art and music therapy to promote self-care and stress management. Attendees will have the opportunity to create their own miniature painting or collage about stress and what helps them restore and rejuvenate, ultimately reigniting sense of purpose in their work. This activity does not require any previous art-making skills. Operation Blue Sky will provide refreshments for participants.

Tuesday, April 9

  • The West Virginia Regional Partner of the MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center will host an “HIV Care and Education” panel discussion from 4-6 p.m. in Health Sciences Center North G119A. During the discussion, we will explore topics related to HIV care and its impact on the lives of people living with HIV from a patient’s and a provider’s perspective. This panel is comprised of panelists working in interdisciplinary HIV care and with lived experience. A grab-and-go ice cream bar will be available for attendees.

Wednesday, April 10

  • The WVU Purpose Center will present “Creating Glimmers: How Full is Your Bucket?” at noon in Health Science Center North Room 2940A. Did you know that you can intentionally create glimmers, or tiny moments of goodness and joy, for both yourself and others? In this workshop, we will discover how we can create these glimmers in combination with Don Clifton’s theory of “Bucket Filling” both professionally and personally. We will also learn how these glimmers, or drops in our buckets, can positively impact our productivity, health, and longevity. And we will discuss strategies so we can all experience more glimmers and fuller buckets.
  • A student led NARCAN training session will be offered from 4-4:30 p.m. in Health Sciences Center North Room 1909. The session will be led by School of Medicine students and Student Harm Reduction Organization of Morgantown (SHROOM) members Julia Deziel and Hayley Harman.

Thursday, April 11

  • Robert Hogan, D.O., will present “ Beyond the White Coat: A Physician’s Candid Conversation About Addiction and Recovery” at 4 p.m. on Zoom. Dr. Hogan tells a harrowing story of his personal journey with substance use disorder as a physician. His presentation discusses stigma and how substance use disorder can impact anyone. A student led NARCAN training session will take place via Zoom at 5 p.m. immediately following the presentation. Hogan was born and raised in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. His medical career began in Parkersburg as an emergency medicine physician. Self-medicating and substance use created several professional and legal consequences. Following the completion of his federal prison sentence, he went on to use his firsthand knowledge of substance use disorder and recovery as a therapist at Greenbriar Treatment Center in Pennsylvania. He is the founder and Medical Director of Cheat Lake Aesthetics and Wellness. Hogan is in long term recovery from all mood- and mind-altering substances and has been since the day of his arrest on February 21, 2014. His professional goal is to become fellowship-trained in addiction medicine in order to better treat this underserved and often stigmatized patient population.