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Dentistry, Other Units Recognized for Innovative Education

Ann Arbor, MI — May 4, 2015 — The School of Dentistry and four other U-M schools and colleges today received an award from the Provost’s Office for an innovative approach to health care education.

The Teaching Innovation Prize (TIP) was awarded to the Schools of Dentistry, Nursing and Social Work, the College of Pharmacy, and the Medical School for a new two-credit hour course, Team-Based Clinical Decision Making.  

Started during the winter semester in January, the interprofessional education course helped students in the five disciplines better understand the roles played by practitioners in each profession as well as develop skills to enhance communication and teamwork in a health care setting.

Students examined how different viewpoints in each profession can affect patient care decisions. They also gained new insights recognizing personal and team attributes that either improved or compromised team effectiveness and the quality of care patients receive.  They collaborated to develop team-based plans for patients with complex conditions.

TIP recognizes five faculty projects each year for creative education, such as new uses of instructional technology, new ways to engage students in the learning process, new approaches to student collaboration, or new methods of replicating the advantages of a small course in a large lecture.  Awards are presented each May at the Enriching Scholarship conference to help disseminate these promising practices more broadly.