Posted: April 14, 2015

Curriculum Development: Piloting an Interprofessional Case Study Conference with Optometry, Physician Assistant, and Pharmacy Faculty and Students


Marshall B. Ketchum University (MBKU), Fullerton, CA, is a private, not-for-profit health professions university. The University consists of the Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO), School of Physician Assistant Studies, and College of Pharmacy. The SCCO, established in 1904, is one of the oldest optometry programs in the U.S. However, with the recent addition of the physician assistant and pharmacy programs, interprofessional education (IPE) is a new component of the curriculum. A University committee of faculty and administrators from the three academic programs strategically developed and delivered a diabetes population health IPE demonstration case conference to faculty and students. Attendees completed a survey to provide assessment feedback on IPE attitudes and perceptions.

A diabetes IPE case was developed to facilitate small group discussion and illustrate scope of practice, communication, and treatment perspectives from optometry, pharmacy, and physician assistants. Demonstration workshops were delivered to: 1) faculty from all three professions and 2) optometry and physician assistant students. Participants were arranged into small groups, each with representation from the three health professions (as best possible). Workshops were facilitated by a faculty team consisting of one optometrist, one physician assistant, and one pharmacist. Pharmacy students were not yet matriculated and not in attendance.


Interprofessional, Population Health, Education, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Public Health Sciences, IPEC Spring 2015, Optometry


Jack J. Chen, PharmD, Marshall B. Ketchum University

Melissa Contreras, OD, Marshall B. Ketchum University

Kimberly Lopipero, MPAS, PA-C, Marshall B. Ketchum University

Judy Ortiz, MHS, MS, PA-C, Marshall B. Ketchum University