Over the past several months, I have been fortunate to be able to apply the interprofessional skills we have been learning in our LEND didactic and clinical sessions into other aspects of my life.
I was one of the two graduate student workers for Dr. Mary Keehn through the Collaborative for Excellence in Interprofessional Education (CEIPE), which consists of a collaboration between multiple colleges and departments on campus. This collaboration culminates in an interprofessional education day that brings together over 80 faculty facilitators across campus –some of whom are affiliated with LEND- and 800 students from nine colleges to work on interprofessional case studies in small teams.
My time in the LEND program has helped me to better understand interprofessional and multidisciplinary competencies, which I have then been able to apply to my work with the CEIPE.
Thanks to the LEND program as well, I have been invited back to my Alma Mater, Northern Illinois University, to speak at the Northern Lights Ambassadors (NLA) training program about my experiences post-undergrad. Similarly, NLA is an interprofessional program that I was a part of in my undergraduate experience that takes students from each of the six colleges on campus whom then represent the university within their colleges and during alumni events. I will discuss with them about my time in the LEND program and graduate school and how these experience are influencing my time here at UIC.