UM to Host Education Seminar for Montana Health Care Students

September 11, 2018

MISSOULA – The University of Montana will hold a fall education seminar for nearly 250 health care students from Montana’s largest universities Friday, Sept. 14.

The event, sponsored by the Montana Geriatric Education Center and UM Health and Medicine, will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. Students will attend from UM and Missoula College Health Professions programs, WWAMI and the Montana State University College of Nursing.

“This unique offering will provide Montana students early in their health care training programs an introduction to interprofessional collaborative practice,” said Kerry Haney, a UM pharmacy faculty member. “The focus of the seminar is on the Interprofessional Education core competency of value and ethics.”  

The session will kick off with welcoming remarks from Dr. Chelsea Bodnar, pediatrician and founder of Ohana Pediatrics. Kate Chapin, director of field education in the UM School of Social Work, will provide an overview of interprofessional practice. Students will participate in activities to learn about the roles and responsibilities of other healthcare professions. Dr. Jenn Bell, UM director of clinical education for the School of Physical Therapy, will present on implicit bias. The seminar will close with students working together across disciplines on ethics case studies.

Student attendees are from many different disciplines, including physical therapy, medical laboratory sciences, speech and language pathology, pharmacy, social work, public health, clinical psychology, medicine, radiology technology and nursing.

“This seminar, made possible through a unique, large-scale collaboration within the MUS system, offers an opportunity for our students to learn to work together effectively in practice to improve patient care outcomes.” Haney said.


Contact: Kerry Haney, PharmD faculty member, UM Department of Pharmacy Practice and Family Medicine of Western Montana, 406-258-4453,