WVU’s Interprofessional Education Week theme is “WHY”

The Office of Interprofessional Education has organized an exceptional group of speakers that will take on the theme of wellness, health and you (WHY) during the 2018 Interprofessional Education (IPE) week.

A series of events and poster presentations are scheduled for March 19 - 23 at the Health Sciences Center, and all faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. There are no fees for these programs.

This is an opportunity for faculty and students to share their interprofessional education activities from the past year and showcase research and professional work. 

The Office of Interprofessional Education was created to foster collaboration between all schools. Interprofessional education at the Health Sciences Center has been nurtured by the health professions schools and related disciplines learning together about the concepts of team-based healthcare services that promote patient-centered quality and safe care.



Smoothies: 11:30-1:30 p.m.

Yoga at the Pylons: 12-12:50 p.m.

BYOM! Bring your yoga mat and join yoga taught by Nicole Gauthier-Shatz. Enjoy nutritious smoothies from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the back hall made for you by Wellness Center at WVU Medicine and WellWV. Taste the flavors and take home the recipes so you can re-create them.


"A Mindful Approach to Conflict Engagement": 12-12:50 p.m., Okey Patteson Auditorium

With Joanna Distefano, MS, Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, Event Planner/Executive Assistant to VP and Executive Dean

Learning Objectives:

  • Connect principles of non-judgment, patience, curiosity, trust, and acceptance to personal wellness and professional excellence
  • Recognize opportunities to increase self-awareness, connection, and compassion
  • Incorporate mindfulness techniques into practical internal processes
  • Relate mindful growth to reflect in external environments and approach to patient-centered care.


Health Fair: 3-6 p.m., Pylons

  • Featuring point-of-care testing.
  • Free give-a-ways and door prizes will be available!
  • Health Science Schools will be hosting a table.


"Music Therapy: What a Wonderful World": 12-12:50 p.m., Okey Patteson Auditorium

With Amy Rodgers Smith, MMt, MT-BC, Assistant Professor of Professional Programs

Learning Objectives:

  • Define music therapy.
  • Identify potential reasons for referral to music therapy.
  • Articulate potential benefits of music therapy for a variety of patient populations.
  • Discuss how music therapy interventions target patient treatment team goals and objectives.
  • Illustrate how music therapy collaborates with other services/providers in co-treatment situations.


Breakfast: 7:30-8 a.m.

Mindful Self Care: 8-9 a.m., Jon Jones G119 A&B

Complimentary breakfast will be offered from 7:30 a.m. until 8 a.m. The program will run from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. RSVP for breakfast to ipe@hsc.wvu.edu.

With Sam Zizzi, EdD, MA, Dr. Pat Fehl Endowed Professor, College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and describe the core components of mindfulness.
  • Identify the elements of mindfulness that relate to self-care and self-compassion, and how these connect to their role as a health provider.
  • Use and apply at least one simple, practical technique for mindful self-care in their own life.