Kate Ciarrocca, DMD, MSEd

Katharine Ciarrocca, a boarded oral medicine specialist, received her DMD, MSEd, and completed fellowship training at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently the Director of Interprofessional Education and Practice at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry. She has spent her 20+ year career in a setting where oral health care has been integrated into overall health care. Through interprofessional education and practice, she is a champion for advancing oral health as a part of whole person health by reconnecting the mouth with the rest of the body.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:
Background: The Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice (OIPEP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill established a Student Executive Committee (SEC) to engage students in interprofessional activities. The SEC is comprised of students from the health professional schools (Allied Health, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, Social Work), the Schools of Education, Business, and the Health Sciences Library. Debunk the Junk was the first SEC initiative an interprofessional, case-based event where participants addressed myths about their professions and…
Workshop Description:Designing quality interprofessional education and practice experiences requires top-down support. The recent 2019 guidance from the Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative encourages institutional leaders to develop a systematic approach to foster IPE and engage with academic and community partners. This workshop will address the theme of Quality Interprofessional Education and Accreditation by providing an overview of a strategic planning framework that participants can adapt to their own institution in order to develop sustainable IPE relationships. Our team will…
Quality IPE starts with a clear plan for development and implementation across multiple professions. Each profession must consider context, teaching strategies, reasoning for the approach, competencies and learning outcomes that are salient for their own profession but also for the professions with whom they are collaborating. Additionally, there is a need to establish ‘social IPE’ where students have opportunities to get to know each other outside of formal, intentional IPE activities. Both of these strategies to advance IPEP take time, and if not carefully planned can overwhelm systems and…