Global Cafe – Interprofessional Approaches to Alzheimer’s and Dental Education – 26 October 2022 🗓

Date and Time: 26 October 2022; 12:00 GMT/UTC

An Interprofessional Education Approach: Managing Care for Individuals with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias

Presenters: Karen Lynn Webb, RN, PhD and Lorraine Graves, PhD, MSW, LCSW

Interprofessional Education (IPE) was developed to address these risk factors and the disparities faced by vulnerable communities. By using a team of students from various disciplines, this project will prepare the future work force to collaborate on complex health care needs and challenges. Helping individuals living with or at risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and their families, cannot be done within one discipline. Given the complexity of the disease, the need for an interprofessional approach is critical to improving health outcomes for vulnerable groups.

Establishment of Yenepoya Dental Education Unit (Yen-DEU), An Interprofessional Approach

Presenter: Imran Pasha M B.D.S, M.D.S.

The topic interprofessional education and practice is relatively a new concept in India. Educationists prefer the term, multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary .Hierarchy is strongly established in our system, that even acknowledging the professional roles is difficult. The training is uniprofessional hence it reinforces the hierarchy. The IPE approach to be implemented in our university was an effort of the FAIMER Fellowship program. The potential to implement the same and promote has been the prime goal of establishment of Yen-DEU. The process of establishing a center and carrying out the IPE activities through the unit is an excellent method to promote IPE especially in a place where it’s just starting to grow. The efforts of the unit and Department of Public Health Dentistry has led to the topic being included in the curriculum of postgraduate training of Department of Public Health Dentistry. Also, the university Academic Council has mandated all constituent college’s, to take up IPE as a priority and provide a plan of action for the action. The center establishment and importance the role of administrative powers to bring in desired changes is documented. And this is an instance where this has been exemplified.

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