2014 Conference Information


Please Join Us for the 7th Annual West Michigan Interprofessional Education Initiative Conference

The theme of this year's Interprofessional Education conference is "Best Practices and Innovations in Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research", with four conference objectives:

  • Discuss current, evidence-based, best practices in interprofessional practice, education and research.
  • Learn about innovations in interprofessional practice, education and research.
  • Identify important research and program evaluation questions related to interprofessional practice and education.
  • Describe approaches for integrating best practices into practice and education settings and for evaluating their outcomes.

In Addition to the Professional Podium & Poster Breakout Sessions the

Keynote Speakers Include:

Roger Spoelman - President & CEO of Mercy Health in West Michigan

Barbara Brandt, PhD  - Director of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education.  Minneapolis, Minnesota

Scott Shipman, M.D., MPH - Director of Primary Care Affairs & Workforce Analysis for the Association of American Medical Colleges.  Washington, DC

Amy Barton, PhD, RN, FAAN - Professor, Daniel and Janet Mordecai Endowed Chair in Rural Health Nursing, Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Affairs at the University of Colorado, College of Nursing. Denver, Colorado

Panel Presentation:

The Center for Integrative Medicine, Grand Rapids, Michigan

The Spectrum Health Medical Group is a multi-specialty clinic that employs an interprofessional model of care to assess and treat high-frequency emergency department patients.

Register Here to Attend the Conference


Pre-Conference Workshop Hosted by the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education


Thursday, September 18th, 2014 from 8:30-11:30am

Conference attendees are invited to an interactive pre-conference workshop that will explore the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education's community-curated Resource Exchange, a growing online collection of interprofessional materials, and learn more about how to join the conversation through its online community.

What to Expect:  During the workshop, National Center staff will showcase the Resource Exchange and prepare you for joining the conversation.  A major component of the workshop will be small group, immersive exploration of the Resource Exchange.  At the end of the session, attendees will:

  • Be familiar with the structure and collection model of the ever-growing community
  • Learn how to fully discover resources and contribute content
  • Lend a voice to the continuing conversation surrounding the collection of resources
  • Understand the basics of intellectual property, copyright and the benefits of open access
  • See how the collections support work with learners and program staff

What You'll Need:  Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or mobile device for use during the hands-on portion.

Workshop Presenters:

  • Barbara Brandt, PhD, Director, National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
  • Janet Shanedling, PhD, Director of Curriculum Development, National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
  • Sean Lind, MA, MLIS, Resource Exchange Program Manager, National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education

The Workshop is Free, but Registration is Required:

Register Here to Attend the Pre-Conference Workshop


Conference Dates, Hours, Registration Fee and Location

Day 1:  Thursday, September 18th, 2014, Pre-Conference Workshop, 8:30-11:30am - Free

Day 1 Con't:  Thursday, September 18th, 2014, WMIPEI Conference Begins, 1 - 4:30pm - $25.00

Day 1 Cont't: Thursday, September 18th, 2014, Networking Reception from 4:30pm to 5:30pm with Music Provided by Folias

Day 2:  Friday, September 19th, 2014 from 7am to 3:30pm - $50.00 (Breakfast & Lunch Included)

Both Days - $75.00

The conference registration fee is waived for students, Grand Valley State University preceptors, Grand Valley State University employees & WMIPEI members.

Cancellation & Refund Policy:

Cancellations received via email on or before September 12th, 2014 will be refunded less a 15% adminstrative fee.  No refunds will be made after that date.  Substitute conference participants will be accepted.  If for any reason the conference is cancelled registered participants will be refunded in full.

Pre-Conference Workshop & Conference Location:

Grand Valley State University's Richard M. DeVos Center - Loosemore Auditorium

401 Fulton Street West, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504

Recommended Lodging:

Amway Grand or JW Marriott


Continuing Education


   Physical Therapy Continuing Education Credits:  This conference has been approved for up to 9 CEU credits by the Michigan Physical Therapy Association. MPTA course approval #1376-1106

  Continuing Medical Education Credits:  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the Michigan State Medical Society Committee on CME Accreditation through the joint sponsorship of the Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners and Grand Valley State University.  The Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners designates this educational activity for a maximum of 5 Credits. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Nursing Education Credits: Grand Valley State University Kirkhof College of Nursing, A Michigan Board of Nursing approved nursing education program, is authorized by Administrative Rule 33.10602g to award contact hours to participants by continuing education programs provided by the Kirkhof College of Nursing.  Participants who are in attendance for the entire program will receive a certificate awarding 4.0 contact hours.

Continuing Social Work Credits:  Attendees are eligible to receive 4 social work education clock hours.  Grand Valley State University School of Social Work is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative-Provider MICEC-0004.

Continuing Occupational Therapy Credits:  WMIPEI is authorized to assign 0.35 AOTA CEUS for Best Practices and Innovations in Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research.  The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of spectific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


Call for Abstracts - Extended for Poster Presentations Only

The West Michigan Interprofessional Education Initiative (WMIPEI) is pleased to continue to invite submission for abstracts for poster presentations at its upcoming 7th annual Interprofessional Education conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  WMIPEI is the foremost leader of interprofessional workgroups dedicated to incorporating interprofessional practice with education in West Michigan.

The Interprofessional Education conference is a competitive abstract submission and selection program designed to showcase topics relevant to the conference theme and objectives.  The categories of submittal are reflective of the six champion WMIPEI workgroups.

Submission Deadline:  Midnight, September 1, 2014 (Eastern Standard Time)

Guidelines for Abstract Submission

Abstract Content:  Purpose of presentation, background significance, methodology, results and conclusion.  Each section of the abstract should be clearly identified with a subheading.

Abstract Preparation:  Abstracts should not exceed 350 words.  Margins must be at  least a half inch on left, on right, top and bottom.  The title should be centered in uppercase, and the body of the abstract should be single spaced using 11 point Times New Roman font.  The abstract should fit on one side of one page using the margins defined.

Date:  The call for abstracts closes at midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on September 1st, 2014.  Authors will receive notification of acceptance by September 3rd, 2014.  Abstracts that do not adhere to the guidelines and/or are received after the due date may not be reviewed.

Submit an Abstract Here


Contact Information

Katie Branch, MSN, RN

Email: branchka@gvsu.edu

Ofc:  616.331.5811



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