January 9, 2018
Drs. Amy Thompson and Jeong Park
Congratulations to Drs. Amy Thompson and Jeong Park on being named to the 2018 cohort of Interprofessional Leadership Fellows.

This news release was originally posted on the Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education’s news page. Read the original release.

Drs. Jeong Park and Amy Thompson are among a record 21 educators in the third cohort of the Interprofessional Leadership (IPL) Fellows program highlights the growing interest in and commitment to interprofessional education (IPE) at University of Michigan.

The new fellows will add to the accomplishments of the preceding 32 IPL faculty fellows (17 in the second cohort and 15 in the first cohort, respectively), who have launched eight multidisciplinary team projects to date. These projects have won regional awards and have already contributed the growing landscape of interprofessional education (IPE) and practice in Michigan and beyond. Projects range from expanding online interprofessional foundational experiences for U-M students to creating a patient-care simulation around chronic disease management. The projects show the possibilities for transforming the future of collaboration in health education and care.

IPL Fellows apply as individuals and are assigned to interprofessional teams that collectively determine a project to execute throughout the duration of the program. This year, in a first for the program, a pre-existing team of four scholar-educators were selected together as IPL Fellows. As members of the U-M Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering (COHSE), these new IPL fellows from nursing, public health, and engineering will develop IPE within the COHSE academic programs. With an existing curriculum that already brings together students of multiple professions, they hope to use the fellows program as a launching pad to make the COHSE programs truly and intentionally interprofessional.

“I am excited to welcome our third cohort of fellows, who will expand the number of U-M faculty capable of leading our efforts to implement interprofessional education and practice on our campus,” said Frank Ascione, director of the Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education.

Jeong Park, MS, PharmD, is a clinical associate professor in the department of clinical pharmacy at U-M College of Pharmacy and a transplant clinical specialist at Michigan Medicine.  As an integral member of the interdisciplinary team, she provides pharmaceutical care to kidney, liver, and pancreas transplant patients both in inpatient and outpatient settings. Her contributions include development and implementation of various transplant practice guidelines and work in establishing a transplant endocrine clinic.  She has a strong commitment to education and training of students, residents, and new practitioners from multiple disciplines.  In 2015, she pioneered the effort at the College of Pharmacy to incorporate planned and intentional learning opportunities for interprofessional education into the advanced pharmacy practice experience. Via partnering with a transplant surgeon, the IPE-APPE rotation engages learners from College of Pharmacy and Medical School in organized IPE activities such as teaching conferences, patient care team rounds, topic presentations, and clinic and OR observation.

Amy Thompson, PharmD, BCACP, is a clinical associate professor at the U-M College of Pharmacy. She received her PharmD at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Following graduation, she completed pharmacy residencies at MUSC; she stayed on as faculty and was heavily involved in interprofessional education. She joined the U-M College of Pharmacy in 2016 and serves as the director of clinical ambulatory pharmacy services for the department of pharmacy innovations and partnerships. Her clinical practice is in the Taubman general medicine clinic, where she provides chronic disease state management for patients. Through her clinic experience, she serves as a preceptor for pharmacy residents and students. Her research interests include geriatric medication safety, interprofessional education, and transitions of care. She feels there has been a big push to increase the number of IPE courses across campus and wants to be involved in the assessment of this growth, to determine if we are meeting the needs and are on track for long-term success.

The fellows represent the U-M schools of dentistry, kinesiology, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and social work, as well as U-M Flint’s schools of nursing and health professionals & studies. During the 18-month program, participants will participate in a campus-based interprofessional learning community facilitated by the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT). See the full list of fellows