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Student Rocks International IPE Conference

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Author cupharmacy | Publish Date October 15, 2015

Third-year pharmacy student, Aubrey Jones, presented at Collaborating Across Borders V IPE Conference Oct. 1 in Roanoke, Virginia. And according to Associate Dean for Professional Education, Kari Franson, PharmD, PhD, "She rocked her presentation, generating a ton of questions."

The conference  was presented by the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative, the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative, and hosted by Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, Jefferson College of Health Sciences and the Carilion Clinic. Building upon the highly successful Collaborating Across Borders Conference series (I, II, III, and IV), CAB V is the fifth joint conference that links the United States and Canada around the key themes of interprofessional education and practice. CAB V continued the traditions established by previous CAB conferences focusing on interprofessional education, practice, leadership and policy in a North American context. The conference featured best practices, showcased evidence-based outcomes and lessons learned, and provided a venue for scholarly dialogue and productive networking.

Aubrey's presentation titled "Student Involvement in Interprofessional Curriculum Development - The Student Perspective" was created jointly by CU Anschutz students Kenji Tanabe M.D. candidate and Aubrey Jones, PharmD candidate. Due to another commitment, Kenji was not available to present, so Aubrey took the lead and presented solo to a room full of 20-40 international students, health professionals and educators.  "Presenting was a challenging experience, but helped me grow and I had a good time. One of the hardest parts was actually translating an abstract into a PowerPoint presentation," says Aubrey.

Preparation, Preparation, Preparation

According to Aubrey, "Much of my success came from being prepared and practicing quite a bit. I also utilized a lot of the skills I learned in the communications course. Additionally, having friendly faces in the audience like Dr. Kari Franson and Dr. Mark Earnest as well as several other IPE council members was helpful."

During the conference, Aubrey was able to meet many interesting people at the conference and learned a lot about Interprofessional Education.  "This was an amazing experience and I'm so grateful to have had this opportunity."

View part of Aubrey's presentation.