Committee for Interprofessional and Interdisciplinary Education Strategies (CIPES)

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Committee for Interprofessional and Interdisciplinary Eduation Strategies (CIPES): History

In 2009, USGs Executive Director engaged Senior Staff and a diverse group of faculty from partnership institutions in a conversation about the value of Interdisciplinary and Interprofessional activities to students, faculty and the community at-large.

From these early conversations this group was charged with developing Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary activities at USG. The CIPES committee’s objectives were to: 1) provide administrative coordination for all Interdisciplinary/Interprofessional activities at USG, and 2) facilitate communication between all of the USG schools and programs at USG to optimize Interdisciplinary/Interprofessional interactions.

Mission Statement

To promote excellence in education through Interprofessional and Interdisciplinary collaboration and scholarship, and to assure that Universities at Shady Grove students are exposed to the knowledge and skills to engage collaboratively with other disciplines and professions to provide high quality service to the populations they serve.

Goals and Objectives

  1. Develop and promote Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary collaborations through educational coursework and laboratories, community outreach, and scholarship innovations.
  2. Provide infrastructure for faculty development in Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary education.
  3. Conduct evaluative research and refine Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary education initiatives
  4. Strive for local and national leadership and recognition as a provider of innovative Interprofessional and interdisciplinary education and experiences.

Annual Goals

  1. Document and evaluate ongoing CIPES courses offered at USG.
  2. Communicate efforts of CIPES and engage faculty, staff and students to participate (e.g. Lunch and Learn).
  3. Shape curriculum and implementation for 3-4 new CIPES offerings including Inter-professional Simulation in Critical Care, Entrepreneurship (for non-business majors), Ethics.
  4. Promote CIPES work within USG, its home institutions and in a state and/or national forum.
  5. Work to identify and reduce barriers on creating curriculum and offering to students and provide ways to reduce barriers or create incentives to increase the number and type of curriculum offered.
  6. Draft a plan with a framework for development of a collaborative, Interprofessional, Interdisciplinary education program that incorporates leadership and community service at the Universities at Shady Grove.


  1. Conduct evaluative research and refine Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary education initiatives
  2. Strive for local and national leadership and recognition as a provider of innovative Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary education and experiences.

CIPES Committee (Founding)

  • Heather Congdon, UMB,  Assistant Dean School of Pharmacy,  Chair
  • Mary Lang, Director of  Planning, USG
  • Diane Alonso, UMBC, Psychology
  • John Callahan, UB, Program Director Health Systems Management
  • Karen Clark, UMB, School of Nursing
  • Michelle Marcellino, UMCP
  • Tom Stanton, UMCP Biological Sciences
  • Chris Steele, UMBC
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