Three Grants Awarded for Interprofessional Projects in Support of Vision 2029

By Jon Parham

The grants were awarded by the Office of Interprofessional Education and the Provost’s Office as part of the annual IPE small grant program to promote interprofessional education and collaborative practice at UAMS. The focus of this year’s awards was on projects that addressed objectives in the UAMS Vision 2029 strategic plan.

The awards and principal investigators include:

  • “Assessing the feasibility and acceptability of post-injury post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression screening and nurse-administered intervention to prevention of PTSD of depression following injury” — PI: Sacha McBain, Ph.D.
  • “Using Virtual Reality Technology to Improve Patient Experience and Quality of Care during Brachytherapy: A Pilot Study” — Gary Lewis, M.D.
  • “An Interprofessional Mentoring Program” — PI: Emily Freeman, MHSA

“We are pleased to award grants for projects that could move us closer to achieving Vision 2029 goals on faculty retention, improving the patient experience and patient outcomes — and with an interdisciplinary approach that bolsters yet another one of the plan’s objectives,” said Stephanie Gardner, Pharm.D., Ed.D., provost and chief strategy officer.

A call for IPE small grant submissions was paused last spring at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program was able to resume in December with a new call for proposals and support for the awards from a philanthropic gift.