Interprofessional Education Symposium

More than 430 students and faculty representing all three colleges at Touro University California filled Lander Hall’s auditorium with energy on August 29th during its first Interprofessional Symposium.

The event was opened by Dr. Marilyn Hopkins, Provost and Chief Operating Officer for Touro University California, who said that Interprofessional Education (IPE) and collaborative practice are “highly valued on our campus and critically important to our success as professionals.” 

The three-hour symposium presented a PBS documentary film entitled, “Sick Around the World,” which was the topic of the day’s collaborative conversation. Featuring correspondent T.R. Reid, the film highlighted health care plans provided by five capitalist countries (Great Britain, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, and Switzerland) and how they maintain these plans with little or no financial impact to the patient. 

The participating audience, made up of pharmacy, DO, physician assistant, and public health students, as well as faculty from the four programs, were then separated into 15 groups, each representing one of the five countries, where conversations stimulating interprofessional thinking developed among the students and faculty. 

The interactive seminar presented an opportunity for Touro University California to develop a campus culture where different health disciplines collaborate in their efforts to address healthcare reform. 

“It’s the first event we have where we meet people from all the colleges to communicate and network with one another,” said Tran Nguyen, a College of Pharmacy student. “This has been a great opportunity.”