Promoting Interprofessional Education for Students - PIPES

The MIPERC organization PIPES (Promoting Interprofessional Education for Students) was founded in 2009 and strives to promote interprofessional education (IPE) to students pursuing health-related fields. At each PIPES event, students are provided with opportunities to learn interprofessionally via panel presentations, simulations, collaborative discussions, lectures, and hands-on learning activities. In addition, one or more of the Interprofessional Education Collaboration (IPEC) Core Competencies will be addressed at each event: 

  • Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice
  • Roles/Responsibilities
  • Interprofessional Communication
  • Teams & Teamwork

All students in higher education are welcome to attend our monthly PIPES events! Students enrolled in the MIPERC IPE Student Certificate program will receive PIPES credit for attending events. Students pursuing the MIPERC IPE Certificate are required to participate in at least 3 PIPES events & participate in 1 interprofessional simulation. 

Check out PIPES today! Events are typically held monthly on GVSU's Health Campus at 5 pm on weeknights during the fall and winter semesters. Live Streaming options are available for students who are not able to attend events in person. 


PIPES Meetings

PIPES - Welcoming Patients and Families into the Health Care Team

January 29, 2020 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Save the Date! PIPES is excited to welcome our speaker Dr. John N Sheagren, MD, MACP for our January PIPES event. Dr. Sheagren will discuss the importance of including the...

PIPES - Occupational Health

February 20, 2020 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Save the Date! Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to learn from, about, and with students and faculty from across disciplines. All students, faculty, & staff are welcome to attend!   Free...

PIPES - Interprofessional Educational Escape Room Experience

March 9, 2020 9:00 AM

Save the Date! The PIPES  Interprofessional Educational Escape Room Experience will run in CHS 315 during select times March 9 - March 20. More details to follow! Don’t miss out...

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Meet the 2019-2020 PIPES Student Advisory Board Members!


Tommy Lareau, GVSU Allied Health Sciences, Pre-PA

Megan McCaw, GVSU Exercise Science

Dami Olufosoye, GVSU Masters of Public Health

Brandon Thomas, GVSU Kirkhof College of Nursing


PIPES Contact

For more information regarding PIPES, please contact:

Lisa Naymick

Phone: 616-331-5667




2018-2019 MIPERC Interprofessional Simulation Design Competition Winning Teams

1st Place Student Design: “Post-Concussion Syndrome in Adolescent Football Players”

By: Rebekka Short, Pre-SLP, Megan McCaw, Exercise Science, Nada Metti, Hybrid OST, Thomas Lareau, Pre-PAS

2nd Place Student Design: “Adolescent Psychiatric Outburst in a Discharge Planning Meeting”

By: Michelle Roldan, OST, Chris Paclibar, OST, Josette Dreyer, OST, Sara Urquhart, RN, Medical Student

3rd Place Student Design: “A Life Changed by One Diabetic Diagnosis: Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA), Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) in Adult Patients”

By: Lacey Lemke, MPH, Dami Olufosye, MPH, Erica Farr, MPH, Gabby Roux, MPH, Tori Ide, Nursing


Check back during Fall Semester for information regarding the next annual MIPERC Interprofessional Simulation Design Competition


2017-2018 1st Place Student MIPERC Interprofessional Simulation Design

MIPERC Simulation Design Competition

“Nursing & OT Discharge Rounds” Written By: Amanda Deel, OST, Melanie Ralph, OST, Jayme Larson, Nursing, Angela Bucci, Nursing, Melinda Hoholik, OST

PIPES Recordings from Past Events

PIPES April 2019

Prevention, Wellness, & Empowerment. Resilience Within the LGBTQIA+ Community

PIPES March 2019

Learning to See: Can Art and Meditation Make You a More Effective (and Happier) Health Professional?

PIPES November 2018

Life EMS Workshop

PIPES October 2018

Life In the Operating Room

PIPES September 2018

Patients as Team Members

PIPES April 2018

Sexual Assault Panel

PIPES March 2018

Interprofessional Simulation Debrief

PIPES February 2018

It's All in Your Genes

PIPES January 2018

Pregnancy, Childbirth, & Postpartum Healthcare Panel