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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 and staff.

"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 or units:

*"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, Business Administration.

*"Interdisciplinary Case Management Curriculum: Synergy among Campus Programs;" Diane Huber, Nursing; Thomas Vaughn, Medicine; Samuel Levey, Medicine.

*"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.