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 our

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

The Center for Integrative Medicine (A Panel Presentation), Grand Rapids, Michigan

The Spectrum Health Medical Group Center for Integrative Medicine 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

Continuing Medical Education Credits

This activity has been planned an implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the Michigan State Medical Society Committee on CME Accreditation through the join sponsorship of the Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners and Grand Valley State University. The Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners is accredited by the CME Accreditation to provide continuing medic al education for physicians. The Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners designates this educational activity for a maximum of  5 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
 Continuing Physical Therapy Education Credit
This conference has been approved for up to 9 CEU credits by the Michigan Physical Therapy Association. MPTA course approval #1376-1106 

Conference Dates, Hours, Registration Fee, and Location

Day 1 - Thursday, September 18th, 2014 from 1pm to 4:30pm - $25.00 (Followed by a Networking Reception from 4:30pm to 6pm)

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.

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: 187 Monroe Ave NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 774-2000


JW Marriott: 235 Louis Campau St. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 242-1500


Call for Abstracts

The West Michigan Interprofessional Education Initiative (WMIPEI) is pleased 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, August 29th, 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, and a half inch 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 August 29th, 2014.  Authors will receive notification of acceptance by September 2nd, 2014.  Abstracts that do not adhere to the guidelines and/or received after the due date and time 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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