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UI grants support interdisciplinary health education projects
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Faculty and staff from the University of Iowa Colleges
of entistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy, as well as other academic and
service units, will pursue collaborative education projects supported by a
new grant program.
Officials at the UI Health Sciences Center recently announced recipients
of the first Synergy Grants. Totaling $50,000, the grants fund six projects
that aim to enhance academic partnerships and advance interdisciplinary health
education. Recipients were selected by a committee of health sciences faculty
"The committee was pleased with the quality of the proposals and the
ideas they put forth," says Dr. Elizabeth Swanson, UI associate vice
president for health professions education. "We hope these initiatives
will spark further collaboration among Health Sciences Center units."
Several new projects will focus on interdisciplinary courses in areas ranging
from basic sciences to health information technology. Others will assess computer-based
education tools, including some that simulate interaction with patients.
Following are project titles and investigators listed with their colleges
*"Integration of Basic Science Courses in the Health Sciences Curriculum;"
Corey Cleland, Medicine; Leslie Marshall, Nursing.
*"Interdisciplinary Management of Geriatric Patients Using Interactive
Patient Simulations;" Marsha Cunningham-Ford, Dentistry; Dr. Howard Cowen,
Dentistry; Joann Eland, Nursing; Dr. Ronald Ettinger, Dentistry; Lynn Johnson,
Dentistry; Meridean Maas, Nursing; Dr. Cathy Watkins, Dentistry.
*"Interdisciplinary Health Informatics Courses within the Health Sciences
Center;" Connie Delany, Nursing; Dr. Michael Kienzle, Medicine; James
Wagner, UI Hospitals and Clinics; Kathryn Rattenborg, Hardin Library for Health
Sciences; Susan Zollo, Telemedicine Resource Center; Padmini Srinivasan, School
of Library and Information Science; Andrew Kusiak, Engineering; Alberto Segre,
*"Interdisciplinary Case Management Curriculum: Synergy among Campus
Programs;" Diane Huber, Nursing; Thomas Vaughn, Medicine; Samuel Levey,
*"Nursing and Pharmacy Students: A Joint Clinical Experience in the
Community;" Ann Marie McCarthy, Nursing; Michael Kelly, Pharmacy.
*"Development of Multidisciplinary Patient-Based Computer Educational
Modules in Ambulatory Medicine;" Dr. Michael Peterson, Medicine; Dr.
Joel Kline, Medicine; Charles Dayton, Pharmacy; Elizabeth Beltz, Pharmacy.