Virtual Regional Meeting: Making Inclusive and Interprofessional Strides


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Friday, December 10, 2021

IPE Pre-Conference Workshop:

Interprofessional Education and the Implementation of Anatomy Competence Workshops on Campuses with Multidisciplinary Anatomy Learners

All events are shown in Eastern Standard Time (EST). Please adjust for your local time.

2:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
Introduction to UAMS IPE and Event Design

3:15 – 3:25 p.m.

3:25 – 4:05 p.m.
Introduction to the Anatomy Competency Event

4:05 – 4:25 p.m.
Small-group Breakout Sessions

4:25 – 4:45 p.m.
Large-group Debrief

4:45 – 4:55 p.m.
Large-group Final Takeaway

4:55 – 5:00 p.m.
Post Evaluation 

David Davies, PhD, Professor, Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences 
Linda Larson-Prior, PhD, Professor, Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences 
Wendy Ward, PhD, ABPP, FAPA, FNAP, Professor, Associate Provost for Faculty, Director of Interprofessional Faculty Development, Academic Affairs/College of Medicine
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) has pushed for the inclusion of interprofessional education (IPE) standards in medical curricula. There has been little discussion about IPE activities specific to anatomy learning. This workshop will showcase activities that incorporate anatomical knowledge and radiological images to foster interdisciplinary interactions between students in various degree programs, including medicine, pharmacy, dental hygiene, nursing, radiological sciences, public health, graduate studies, and more. Participants will learn how the cases for the anatomy competence modules were developed and witness how such an IPE session is facilitated. The showcased modules have been piloted and formally instituted with UAMS students. Participants will also be given an introduction of IPE at UAMS.

Attendees will be able to…

  • Describe the components of an interprofessional education curriculum at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as a model.
  • Apply anatomical knowledge and interprofessional dialogue to complete an interprofessional anatomy competence scenario.
  • Discuss and analyze ways in which an interprofessional workshop of similar anatomy relevance can be implemented at their own institutions.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

All events are shown in Eastern Standard Time (EST). Please adjust for your local time.

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. EST

Welcome Address by Edgar Meyer and AAA President, Valerie DeLeon

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. EST

The Critical Need for Post-Baccalaureate Programs to Enhance Pipeline Opportunities for Diverse Learners

Rita Finley, PhD, Associate Dean, Office for Educational Outreach and Health Careers;
Director, Master of Science in Medical Sciences Degree;
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Anatomy,
Morehouse School of Medicine

10:45 – 11:15 a.m. EST

A Vision for Emerging Virtual and Augmented Reality Simulations in Medical Education

Carolina Cruz-Neira, PhD, Agere Chair Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Central Florida

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. EST

Coffee Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST

Opening the GATE to Professional Development for Anatomy Educators

William S. Brooks, PhD, Professor, Director, Gross Anatomy Lab & Surgical Anatomy Lab,
Department of Cell, Developmental & Integrative Biology, Heersink School of Medicine,
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. EST

The Importance of Biomechanical Research and Its Applications to Anatomy

Erin Mannen, PhD, Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Department, Boise State University

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. EST

Lunch Break and Poster Viewing

The poster authors will be available on Zoom for a Poster Chat from 1:00 - 1:30 pm EST for Q&A.  When you enter the zoom, select a breakout room topic based on your interest.  You can then hop between the breakout rooms

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST

Oral Platform Presentations (Four 12-minute talks with 3-minute Q & A)

Selected from submitted abstracts

2:00 - 2:15 pm – Carrie Elzie (Eastern Virginia Medical School), How has Anatomy Contributed to Your Life?  Student Self-reflections Compared to Perceptions about Their Anatomical Donors’ Lives

2:15 - 2:30 pm - Katherine Grevelding (Quinnipiac University), Application of Anatomy Discipline-Specific Knowledge in an Online Interprofessional Patient Case Discussion: Co-constructing Understanding of Roles and Responsibilities

2:30 – 2:45 pm - Kathryn Veazey (University of Mississippi Medical Center), OT Program Director Perspectives on Strengths, Limitations, and Consequences of Anatomy Training

2:45 – 3:00 pm - Kody Wolfstadt (Western University), MMA: The Fight Against Sleep Apnea

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. EST

Coffee Break

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. EST

Concurrent Proceedings: Workshops

Workshop 1 - Sonographic Anatomy: Using Ultrasound to Augment the Physical Exam and Diagnosis

Facilitators: Gregory R. Snead, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine (EM); Brian Russ, DO, Assistant Professor (EM); Jason Arthur, MD, Assistant Professor (EM); and Zachary Lewis, MD, Assistant Professor (EM), University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Description: Participants in this virtual workshop will learn how ultrasound can be used to visualize anatomy relevant to the physical exam and clinical diagnosis. Live scanning of standardized patients will be used to inspect major organ systems and learn how ultrasound findings can be used to differentiate between different clinical scenarios. This workshop is staffed by EM faculty that help run our longitudinal ultrasound curriculum in the College of Medicine at UAMS.

Workshop 2 - Building Clinical Confidence and Competence Through Hands-on Procedural Training Using Lightly Embalmed Cadavers

Facilitator: Kevin D. Phelan, PhD, Professor of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Description: This presentation will provide participants with information on how lightly embalmed (soft fixed) cadavers can be used to provide a learning environment where students, residents and faculty can gain confidence and competence while practicing various clinical procedures (e.g., intraosseous access, central venous line, joint injection/aspiration, US guided biopsy, chest tubes, bone marrow aspiration/biopsy, and nerve blocks). The discussion will include details of how the donor bodies are embalmed and stored as well as issues related to safety and staffing of the laboratory. There will be time for the participants to ask questions and share their experiences running similar programs at their home institutions.

Workshop 3 - Using Koru Mindfulness Practices to Care for the Mind and the Body

Facilitator: Purushottam “Puru” Thapa, MD, MPH, Director of the Student Wellness Program, Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Description: This workshop will teach attendees a few basic Koru Mindfulness meditations which all present will have the opportunity to practice. Given the rise in suicidal ideation among students and professionals in the healthcare field, such a workshop can help student and faculty attendees learn about healthy ways of using evidence-based practices to reduce stress and anxiety. One particular meditation known as the body scan has a relevant connection to anatomy as participants can scan their own anatomy in a calming exercise. At UAMS, the Basic Koru Mindfulness course lasts 4 weeks with a class size of 4-14 students. There is a 75-minute session each week where class participants are taught Mindfulness skills and participate in group discussions. Skills taught include Breath Meditation, Belly Breathing, Dynamic Breathing, Body Scan, Walking Meditation, Gatha, Guided Imagery, Labeling of Thoughts, Eating Meditation, and Labelling of Feelings. The required text for this course is “The Mindful Twenty-Something” by Holly Rogers, MD. An eBook version of this is available for access through the UAMS Library. Acquisition of the text is not required for workshop participants.

4:15 – 4:25 p.m. EST


4:25 – 4:55 p.m. EST


The Importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Anatomy, Using Historical and Anthropological Evidence

Rui Pedro Boliqueime Matins Diogo “Rui Diogo,” PhD, Professor, Department of Anatomy, Howard University College of Medicine

4:55 – 5:00 p.m. EST

Closing Remarks

5:00 pm EST

Social Meet-up

Join attendees for a closing social meet-up at the end of the day. Say hi to other attendees in this casual and informal zoom.