Ann Arbor, MI — February 16, 2016 — Two faculty members at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry are among 16 persons who have been named by the Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education to the first cohort of Interprofessional Leadership Fellows program.
The two are Dr. Mark Fitzgerald, associate professor and associate chair of the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences, and Endodontics, and Dr. Stephanie Munz, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Hospital Dentistry. Two individuals were also selected from other U-M schools and colleges including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work, public health, kinesiology, and the School of Health Professions and Studies (Flint). All fellows were nominated by their participating schools.
IPE Leadership Fellows will participate in an 18-month program where they will work with academic leaders at university and national levels to enhance their skills as interprofessional educators and leaders. They will also attend national IPE faculty development programs and workshops with support from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.
Fitzgerald has been extensively involved in the U-M interprofessional education initiative. Last year, he co-taught a dentistry-created module within the Team-Based Clinical Decision making course taught at the School of Dentistry.
Munz (DDS 2011), has been the director of the department’s General Practice Residency program since 2014. "I became involved in IPE because I believe in the importance of shared decision making in patient care," she says. "Dentistry has long been practiced separately from other health professions, but this model will not benefit patients in the future, especially those with complex conditions including head and neck cancers, craniofacial anomalies and obstructive sleep apnea."
These complex conditions, Munz adds, "will require insights and care also provided by those in other health professions. Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities will give students from all disciplines opportunities to practice their skills and develop behaviors that foster efficient and effective patient care."