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Fifth Midwest-Teacher Scholar Retreat Gathers Healthcare Educators Together at MCW

MCW School of Pharmacy hosts Fifth Midwest Teacher-Scholar Retreat

The Medical College School of Pharmacy hosted the Fifth Midwest Teacher-Scholar Retreat (MTSR), which brings together a growing community of healthcare educators to network, share teaching experiences and develop collaborations. The conference had attendees from eight different academic pharmacy programs, five different Wisconsin-based higher education programs, and one external health system.

The theme of this year’s MTSR was “Frontiers in Interprofessional Education and Beyond.” Presentations focused on innovations in interprofessional education, preparing students for interprofessional topics, and additional educational topics.

“I am impressed with the content, program, and overall organization of the fifth MTSR, that focused on interprofessional education, a hallmark of our School of Pharmacy, which has brought multiple health science and pharmacy educators to the MCW-Milwaukee Campus,” says George E. MacKinnon III, PhD, MS, RPh, FASHP, Founding Dean and Professor at the MCW School of Pharmacy.

The keynote speakers were Dr. MacKinnon and Mark W. Lodes, MD Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Population Management. Their plenary lecture, “Collaborative Synergy: The Power of Academic Practice Partnerships,” focused on the power of academic practice partnerships and the shift of healthcare towards value-based care. “One-third of U.S. healthcare payments are tied to value-based care,” Dr. Lodes presented. “Population-based healthcare strategies are crucial to clinical and financial success of healthcare systems.”

Other oral presentation topics included the use of high-fidelity simulation mannequins and standardized patients in interprofessional training, student engagement in interprofessional education, and community teachers and their effect on interprofessional education.

Some poster presentation topics included pharmacist communication with Spanish-speaking patients, educational benefits from interprofessional teaching with nursing students, and the essential role of partnerships in an interprofessional education program.

“The MCW School of Pharmacy is privileged to be able to host this retreat and learn from other’s teaching approaches. We were also able to showcase our digital classrooms, patient care labs, pharmaceutics labs, the STAR Center, and how they support our teaching styles,” says Karen J. MacKinnon, BPharm, RPh, the Director of Outreach Programs and Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the MCW School of Pharmacy.

“During the fifth installment, the MTSR continued to engage healthcare educators from Southeast Wisconsin and beyond. This year’s event had many firsts, including a unique theme, a poster session, and a new venue,” says Ehab A. Abourashed, PhD, MS, head of the organizing committee for the MTSR and Associate Professor in the Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences at the MCW School of Pharmacy. “Participants were impressed by the quality of organization and diversity of presentations. Some participants are already planning on returning next year to discuss a new set of healthcare education topics.”