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Lifestyle Medicine Collaborative Program Plans Progress

Posted Nov. 12, 2013
Akron GeneralThe college is making strides in formulating its new graduate interprofessional education (IPE) program in lifestyle medicine, which will address cross-disciplinary management and prevention of chronic diseases.  Type 2 diabetes will be the initial focus.

With the college taking the lead, the Interprofessional Graduate Education Program in Lifestyle Medicine is being developed collaboratively with the College of Nursing, the College of Podiatric Medicine and Northeast Ohio Medical University’s College of Pharmacy.

Lifestyle medicine is an emerging specialty involving the use of interventions such as nutrition, exercise, stress management, smoking cessation and a variety of other non-drug modalities to treat, manage and prevent disease.
 
Two key committees have been formed and are diligently at work, according to Willie H. Oglesby, Ph.D., assistant professor of Health Policy & Management, who is spearheading the IPE program development.  The deans of the four colleges have formed a steering committee to oversee development of the collaborative program.  

In addition, a curriculum development committee has been named, with faculty representatives from each college, including Oglesby and Maggie Stedman-Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor, Environmental Health Sciences, from the College of Public Health; Vincent J. Hetherington, D.P.M., professor, podiatric surgery, from the College of Podiatric Medicine; Louann Bailey, MSN, instructor, and Connie Tezie, D.N.P., Doctor of Nursing Practice program director, from the College of Nursing; and Louis D. Barone, Pharm.D., R.Ph., associate professor, pharmacy practice, from NEOMED College of Pharmacy.

“Starting in November, the committee is gathering curriculum resources from 30 to 40 other IPE programs to identify best practices, so that we will create not only a quality program, but a nationally distinctive one as well,” explains Oglesby.  The group will complete its work by May 2014, when the curriculum will be announced.  “Then we’ll begin identifying students for the inaugural cohort,” he says.  
 
The program is being developed in two phases.  In the first phase, two foundational courses in team-based prevention and care will be created, implemented and evaluated.  The first course will be classroom-based and the second will be practice-based; both will focus on diabetes prevention and management.  “As our second phase, we will expand the foundational courses into a Graduate Certificate in Interprofessional Care and a suite of continuing education courses for working professionals,” says Oglesby.

The college received $47,000 in seed funding from the Kent State Foundation to develop IPE program.

Oglesby is a member of the Lifestyle Medicine Standards Task Force of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, the first national professional society for clinicians engaged in lifestyle medicine practice, teaching and research, thus ensuring that Kent State is in the national forefront of this new practice area.