The law touches all aspects of society – a fact not lost on 2L Ian Clark, who has been representing UM Carey Law’s nationally ranked Health Law Program in many campus-wide interdisciplinary projects.
For example, Clark was a member of the winning team in this year’s Interprofessional Patient Management Competition, which took place over the course of two evenings on March 28 and April 8. Teams comprised of students from each of the seven Baltimore campus professional schools, competed in an interactive analysis of clinical situations intended to promote interprofessional collaboration while offering students an opportunity to practice patient care skills.
“I believe it’s critical that health law students gain experience in a healthcare setting, working side-by-side with people we will interact with, and may even represent, one day in law practice,” said Clark, who is incoming vice president of the Student Health Law Organization.
Last year, as a 1L, Clark was selected as a Fellow with the President’s Symposium and White Paper Project, an interprofessional initiative that engaged faculty, staff, and students from all UMB schools in a yearlong conversation on a topic of interest and importance to the University and its community. The symposium is a joint initiative of the President’s Office and the Office of Interprofessional Student Learning & Service Initiatives.
“Over the past year, I have gained an appreciation for how much effort, collaboration, and diversity of thought goes into brainstorming, researching, writing, and editing a white paper,” said Clark.
The topic of the 2013 symposium was “How Can the University Instill Civility as a Core Instructional Value in Educating Health, Legal and Human Services Professionals?” On April 18, Clark received a certificate and honor cords for graduation during an awards ceremony celebrating all of the fellows.
Clark first became interested in interprofessional education as a member of the President’s Task Force, created by President Jay A. Perman, MD, in 2011 to create or expand opportunities for interdisciplinary education. Perman has placed a high priority on interprofessional clinical education among the seven professional schools since arriving at the university in 2010.
As part of a broader initiative, the University is establishing a Center for Interprofessional Education (IPE) to see that students learn and work together across disciplines, fulfilling a key aspect of the University's 2011-2016 Strategic Plan. On April 10, groups of students from the seven professional schools of the University dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work experienced collaboration with those in other professions, as part of a campus-wide Interprofessional Day.