OT Professor and Student Present at All Together Better Health VI (ATBH) Conference in Japan
Susan Toth-Cohen, PhD, OTR/L, a professor at Thomas Jefferson University’s Jefferson School of Health Professions (JSHP), and Annalisa Synnestvedt, an occupational therapy student at JSHP, presented at the All Together Better Health (ATBH) VI Conference in Japan. Their presentation, “Engaging Students in Interprofessional Collaboration: A U.S.-Japan Exchange,” discussed JSHP and Kitasato University’s exchange program, specifically the International Internet Conference that the two universities conducted in March 2012.
The oral poster presentation included a 10-minute presentation followed by five minutes of question and answer time. The Jefferson pair presented with two co-authors from Kitasato University: Noriyoshi Asia, OT, PhD, occupational therapy professor, and Miki Sakamoto, PhD, RPT, physical therapy professor. Other poster co-authors from Jefferson include Frances Gilman, DHSc, RT(R), associate professor and chair, Department of Radiologic Sciences; Susan Wainwright, PT, PhD, professor and chair, Department of Physical Therapy, and Kenneth Covelman, PhD, chair, Department of Couple and Family Therapy. The poster can be viewed here
on the Jefferson Digital Commons.
“The conference was great,” said Toth-Cohen. “The range and depth of topics and speaker expertise were extensive. Best of all, the keynotes, workshops and posters fit perfectly with JSHP’s current focus and future plans for interprofessional education (IPE). I’m so pleased that I could bring back so much useful information that will enhance IPE at Jefferson, especially in regard to evaluating outcomes of IPE.”
During the conference Synnestvedt was a member of one of the winning teams in the ATBH Healthcare Challenge, in which students developed a plan of care based on a case and presented it to a panel of experienced professionals. Synnestvedt’s team included members from all over the world, including New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia.
“The healthcare team challenge was a great way to engage students in IPE,” said Synnestvedt. “It was neat to see how students navigated challenges and found ways to collaborate across our professions and cultures. I especially liked seeing how teams worked together to present a cohesive plan of care, demonstrate client-centered teamwork and communicate effectively with each other and with the audience.”
Toth-Cohen and Synnestvedt wrote about their experience at the ATBH Conference on their blog http://jshpjapan.blogspot.jp/
. The conference took place from October 5-8, at Kobe Gakuin University in Kobe, Japan. It was the sixth international conference for interprofessional education and collaborative practice. While in Japan Toth-Cohen and Synnestvedt visited Kyoto and spent time with a professor from the St. Andrew’s University in Osaka.
The All Together Better Health conferences are the leading international interprofessional education and collaborative practice conferences. The All Together Better Health conferences are supported by InterEd, the international association for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice - a not-for-profit association. The fifth conference in the series was held in Australia in April 2010 and was hosted by Australasian Interprofessional Practice and Education Network (AIPPEN).