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We are thrilled to announce the winning projects and teams of faculty, staff and students of our inaugural Interprofessional Education Seed Awards! We are excited to see how these innovations carry out our ongoing mission of further strengthening the interprofessional education of SHRS students. 

Thank you to our interprofessional team of faculty who reviewed projects and to Dean Delitto for his support of this program.

The three winning teams are: 

“Using Mainstream Smart Technology as Assistive Technology: An Interdisciplinary Course” 

  • Team: Tesla Knight (RST PhD Student); Paola Esquivel Ortiz (RST PhD Student); Lindsey Morris (RST Staff); Dan Ding (RST Faculty); Avital Isenberg (OT Faculty); Katya Hill (CSD Faculty) 
  • The objective of this project is to provide SHRS students with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively train their clients on how to use mainstream smart technologies (MST) to increase health, participation and safety. At the completion of the proposed training, students should feel comfortable selecting, customizing and training clients on MST. Learners should also be able to identify the benefits and common barriers encountered when using this type of technology and possible funding sources that can be used to provide MST to clients.  

“Street Medicine as an Opportunity for Interprofessional Service Learning” 

  • Team: Jatin Singh (EM Student); Caroline Passarello (SMN Faculty); Julia Lam (OT Student); Sam Ding (EM Student); Anna Marie White (SOM-IM Faculty); Max Hurwitz (SOM-PMR Faculty); Nicole Cecchini (EM Faculty) 
  • Street Medicine at Pitt (SMP) is an enriching opportunity for interprofessional service-learning supporting the homeless population of Pittsburgh. However, interprofessional representation currently depends on participants’ already limited extracurricular availability. The goals of this project are to increase diversity and sustainability of interprofessional service-learning by transforming extra-curricular street medicine volunteering into curriculum-based clinical opportunities and to evaluate students’ experience of interprofessional service learning through SMP to promote interprofessional collaboration and student preparation for clinical environments. 

“Nasogastric Feeding Tube Placement Simulation Skills Lab, a Collaboration between the Dietitian/Nutritionist Program, Emergency Medicine and Physician Assistant Studies” 

  • Team: Trisha Cousins (SMN Faculty); Tracy Bowman (SMN Faculty); Nicole Cecchini (EM Faculty); Lori Cherok (SMN Faculty); Christina Davis (PAS Faculty); Julie Dubis (PAS Faculty); Jamie Hammond (PAS Faculty); Jenee McGurgan (SMN Faculty); Tara McSwigan (PAS Faculty) 
  • This proposal seeks to enhance simulation-based education for students in the Dietitian Nutritionist Program, Physician Assistant Studies residential and Emergency Medicine programs. It will also provide training for clinical instructors on malnutrition screening, glucose monitoring, ethics training and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.