Learning Activities

Details for first and second year COM students

CUP Student Club

  • What: Meets monthly during the semester to advise CUP leadership on the further development of CUP and to participate in student-led learning activities, with mentors drawn from Center for Health Innovation, COM and IPEC
  • Who: Medical students
  • When: Both semesters
  • Competencies addressed: All 7 CUP competencies

Interprofessional Team Immersion (IPTI)

  • What: Interprofessional teams of six students meet four times per semester, on the Portland campus for case-based and simulation learning
  • Who: Nursing, medical, pharmacy, physical therapy (PT), physician’s assistant (PA) and occupational therapy (OT) students
  • When: Both semesters
  • Competencies addressed: U.S. and Canadian IPEC competencies

Rural Health Elective

  • What: One-week immersion
  • Who: Medical, dental medicine, pharmacy and other graduate level and nursing students
  • When: May 23–27, 2016; proposed annually in May
  • Where: Portland campus and Aroostook County or another rural area
  • Competencies addressed: All 7 CUP competencies with an additional emphasis on the rural public health competencies

TeamSTEPPS Certification

  • What: Federal AHRQ team training offered by Lifewings
  • Who: Offered to all health professions students
  • When: Fall 2016, probably September 16 in 2016
  • Where: Both campuses
  • Competencies addressed: U.S. and Canadian IPEC competencies as well as TeamSTEPPS knowledge, performance and attitudes in communication, leadership, situation monitoring and mutual support

Influenza Vaccine Clinics among Underserved Populations

  • What: Influenza vaccine module and vaccine clinics with underserved populations, including:
    • Homeless shelters with Portland Community Health Center
    • VA clinic in Augusta
    • Mercy VNA clinics in numerous locations in southern Maine and home vaccine visits
    • POD site at UNE (see below).
  • Who: All vaccinators — medical, dental medicine, nursing, pharmacy and PA students
  • When: Each fall
  • Where: Various locations, see above list
  • Competencies addressed: All 7 CUP competencies plus skill development in administering vaccine, understanding influenza disease basics and control and particular behavioral health competencies (for example, calming techniques, addressing behavioral health disorders/illnesses in vaccination settings)

Public Health Emergency Preparedness

  • What: Point of Distribution (POD) public health emergency exercise with York County Emergency Management Agency, Mercy VNA and York District Coordinating Council for Public Health
  • Who: Medical, nursing, pharmacy, PA, other appropriate students who may be interested (e.g., social work (SW) dental medicine, etc.)
  • When: October
  • Where: Harold Alfond Forum
  • Competencies addressed: All 7 CUP competencies plus mass vaccine administration and medication distribution, and public health emergency preparedness

Public Health Modules

  • What: Online modules with in-person follow up on timely topics such as opioid addiction/chronic pain epidemic, aging
  • Who: Graduate health professions (including medicine) and nursing
  • When: Spring of 2017
  • Where: Both campuses
  • Competencies addressed: All 7 CUP competencies with an emphasis on public health

Nutrition Education among Vulnerable Populations (SNAP-Ed)

  • What: Students volunteer for a day with a SNAP-Ed nutrition educator, providing assistance with at least one nutrition education class for vulnerable populations
  • Who: Health professions students
  • When: Year round
  • Where: In communities across Maine
  • Competencies addressed: All 7 CUP competencies with an emphasis on public health

Details for third and fourth year COM students

Clinical Interprofessional Rotations/Clerkships

  • What: 4–6 week clerkships/rotations in integrated primary care settings such as FQHCs and family practices, using the care management UNE’s Clinical Interprofessional Curriculum (CIPC)
  • Who: Medical, dental medicine, pharmacy, PA, SW, Nursing, PT and other graduate health professions as are appropriate for the setting and the students
  • When: Throughout the year
  • Where: Maine primary care settings
  • Competencies addressed: All 7 CUP competencies
  • UNE CIPC: Includes 10 learning activities e.g., a comprehensive health assessment of and encounter with a complex patient, Quality Improvement

Population Health Interprofessional Rotations/Clerkships

  • What: 4–6 week clerkships/rotations in integrated primary care settings such as FQHCs and family practices, using the population health learning activities of UNE’s CIPC
  • Who: Medical, pharmacy, dental medicine, PA, Master’s in Public Health (MPH), Health Informatics, SW, Nursing and other graduate health professions 
  • When: TBD (Penobscot Community Health Center if HRSA funds are awarded)
  • Where: Maine primary care settings
  • Competencies addressed: 7 CUP competencies with an emphasis on public health

Ghana Cultural Immersion

  • What: Two-week Ghana Cultural Immersion
  • Who: Nursing, PT, MPH, pharmacy and medical students
  • When: Early August
  • Where: Sekondi, Ghana
  • Competencies addressed: All 7 CUP competencies

Possibilities in the Future

  • Medical Legal Partnership with Maine Law and Portland Community Health Center
  • Primary Care Progress
  • Opioid addiction and/or chronic pain 
  • Cape Coast University Ghana
  • Palliative care and/or hospice interprofessional clerkships/rotations
  • Research projects in the care of the underserved