On August 30th, 2018 Assistant Vice President for Interprofessional Education, Patricia J. Ohtake, PT, PhD, was a featured panelist for the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Webinar An IPE Approach to the Opioid Epidemic. This webinar highlighted current interprofessional education approaches to prevention of this serious public health crisis and strategies for the management of the opioid epidemic at both the patient and population levels. Dr. Ohtake and fellow panelist, Wendy E. Braund, MD, MPH, MSEd, FACPM from the University at Pittsburgh, shared the interprofessional educational initiatives that address the opioid epidemic at their respective institutions, including the instructional design, implementation, and assessment of student outcomes.

Dr. Ohtake described the UB Office of Interprofessional Education’s annual Interprofessional Forum, Confronting Opioid Dependence: An Interprofessional Approach that prepares ~ 800 students from 12 health professions to reduce the opioid epidemic. Using a hybrid learning approach that includes online learning and in-person large and small group sessions, students explore solutions through patient case discussions and public health approaches for prevention and intervention.

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STFM Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

McGuigan D, Feely TH, Griswold K, Kim I, Servoss TJ, Shogan M, Zinnerstrom K. The Value of Refugees as Standardized Patients and Interpreters for Interprofessional Education: A Pilot Study. Poster to be presented at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Conference on Medical Student Education, Austin, TX. February 2018.

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Annual Meeting.

Krytus, K. Promising Practices: Incorporating Interprofessional Education into Curriculum. Oral Presentation and panel discussion. Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Annual Meeting. Alexandria, VA. March 8, 2018.

Athens Institute for Education Research.

Gambacorta J, Austin-Ketch T, Harris J, Paine Hughes L, Oldenburg M. Challenges to Coordinating Clinical Outreach to Improve Inter-Professional Practice Initiatives, Athens Institute of Academics and Research, Athens, GR, May, 8, 2018.

North American Refugee Health Conference.

Keovisai M, Kim W, Kim I, Lin L. Improving Readability of Health Information for Refugee Patients with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). Paper presented at the Annual North American Refugee Health Conference, Portland, OR. June 2018.


Fusco NM, Brody PM, Ohtake PJ. Training the Trainers: A Preceptor Development Program Targeting Interprofessional Collaboration Competencies. AACP Annual Meeting – Pharmacy Education 2018, July 22-23, 2018. Boston, MA.

APha American Pharmacists Association.

Orom H, Judelsohn A, Raja S, Kim I, Diaz Del Carpio RO. Opportunities for supporting a healthy diet among refugees from Burma. Paper to be presented at the APHA Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. November 2018.