Virtual conference on interprofessional education will focus on best practices, resources

four headshots of speakers for a conference
From left are Barbara Brandt, Robert Casalou, Christine Arenson and Bernadette Melnyk; they are keynote speakers during the MIPERC Conference, held virtually Sept. 16-18.
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The 13th annual Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research Center (MIPERC) Conference, and first virtual, will be held September 16-18.

Jean Nagelkerk, vice provost for health, said the conference's commitment to the best practices in interprofessional education has become even more important in light of COVID-19.

"We have adapted interprofessional and experiential education very quickly. Best practices around the region will be shared and participants will be able to interact with national experts during a pre-conference session," Nagelkerk said.

MIPERC is an organization founded by Grand Valley, Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners and Michigan State University-College of Human Medicine to support collaborative health care initiatives across disciplines and institutions. Housed in the Office of the Vice Provost for Health, MIPERC has a membership of more than 30 institutions and organizations.

Key speakers during the conference are Barbara Brandt and Christine Arenson, from the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education; Robert Casalou, president and CEO of the Michigan Region, Trinity Health; and Bernadette Melnyk, vice president for health promotion, chief wellness officer, dean and professor of nursing, Ohio State University.

There is no charge to attend for GVSU students, faculty and staff. Registration fee for others is $100; the deadline to register is September 14. Visit for details and complete conference schedule.

Continuing education credits are offered for physicians, physician assistants, nurses and pharmacists.