5th Annual Jewell and Carl Emswiller Interprofessional Symposium

Saturday, February 4, 2017
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM



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Keynote Speakers

For most of her adult life, Bonnie M. Jennings, PhD, RN, FAAN was an Army nurse, completing her military career as a Colonel at the Department of Defense where she was the Chief of Staff and lead scientist for analyses of the military health services program. Throughout her military career, Dr. Jennings enjoyed a wealth of opportunities and experiences as a clinician, educator, researcher, administrator, policymaker, spokesperson and leader. She is currently a tenured Professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta Georgia. Dr. Jennings also holds adjunct faculty appointments at both the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Funded by the Army, Dr. Jennings completed her doctorate at the University of California, San Francisco where she received the distinguished dissertation award. In recognition of her distinguished service to the nation, Dr. Jennings was selected as the Army Nurse of the year in 1990. From 1991 to 1995, she served as the Department of Defense representative to the National Advisory Council of the National Institute for Nursing. She is currently a liaison for the American Academy of Nursing-where she was elected into membership in 1991-with the National Quality Forum, a key stakeholder in the nation's quest to provide quality care. Dr. Jennings was the 2002-2003 American Academy of Nursing/American Nurses' Foundation distinguished nurse scholar in residence at the Institute of Medicine. As part of that experience, she participated in work related to the report, Keeping Patients Safe. Transforming the Work Environment of Nurses. In 2010, Dr. Jennings completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she conducted an ethnographic exploration of "Turbulence in the Healthcare Environment." Among her current studies, she is funded by the American Nurses Foundation and leading a team of investigators to study "The Serious Communicable Diseases Unit Care Team and the Ebola Virus Disease Challenge."


Dr. Jennings' current interests center on patient safety and quality care, health care for military beneficiaries, as well as preparing nurses for leadership positions. She is widely published, an associate editor for Research in Nursing & Health-a leading health care research journal-a reviewer for several nursing and medical journals, and has presented to numerous audiences nationally and internationally.  

Ms. Deborah Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, has more than 37 years' experience in the health care industry and joined the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in 2007 after serving as the President of Pitt County Memorial Hospital (now Vidant Medical Center) in North Carolina.  She serves on the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), Senior Operating Officers Council as a Steering Committee Member.  She is a Preceptor for Administrative Residency for the MHA Program at Virginia Commonwealth University and is on the Advisory Committee of the Central Virginia Healthcare Executive Group (CVHEG). Ms. Davis also currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the Valentine Richmond History Center, the American Heart Association of Metro Richmond and as a member of the Children's Hospital Foundation. Additionally, she serves on the East Carolina University/BB&T Center for Leadership Board of Directors, the East Carolina University Women's Roundtable Board of Directors and was appointed in July 2011 to the Board of Trustees for East Carolina University.

Previously, Ms. Davis has served on various American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) committees and also served as a Regent-at-Large.  In addition, she has served on the American Hospital Association Committee on Health Professions and on the University HealthSystem Consortium Executive Committee and Board of Directors.  Ms. Davis has also been very active in the Council of Teaching Hospitals (COTH) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), serving previously as a COTH Administrative Board member, a COTH representative to the AAMC Assembly and as the COTH representative to the AAMC Group on Diversity and Inclusion.  She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. 



Audience: Professionals and students from the fields of Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Social Work are invited to attend the Symposium. The Symposium is designed for anyone with an interest in increasing and improving interprofessional practice, and those who like to bridge traditional boundaries.

Lecture, Panel Discussion, Small Group Discussion

Symposium Description: An aging and increasingly complex population is challenging the health workforce to deliver optimum care. Preparing the healthcare workforce to practice collaboratively is necessary to improve health outcomes, decrease cost, enhance the patient experience, and increase practitioner well-being. During the symposium, participants will learn about innovations in interprofessional education and practice that seek to meet these goals.

Symposium Educational Objectives:
At the conclusion of the Symposium, attendees will be able to:

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iscuss approaches to increasing and enhancing interprofessional practice to improve human health.

Explain how different methods for interprofessional education are being used to train more collaborative practitioners for better patient and provider experience.

Relate the impact of today's innovations in interprofessional education and practice to the current and future challenges facing health.

Jennings Keynote Address:
Achieving Interprofessional Proficiency: Navigating the Uncharted Waters of Health Care

Jennings Keynote Description:
An aging and increasingly complex population is challenging the health workforce to deliver optimum care. Preparing the healthcare workforce to practice collaboratively is necessary to improve health outcomes, decrease cost, enhance the patient experience, and increase practitioner well-being. During the symposium, participants will learn about innovations in interprofessional education and practice that seek to meet these goals.

Jennings Keynote Educational Objectives:
At the conclusion of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

Define interprofessional education.

Identify fives features of functioning teams; and a sixth feature that typifies high functioning teams.

Explain why achieving a high reliability unit is more feasible than achieving a high reliability organization in health care.

Discuss ways hospital units may enhance functioning and proficiency.

Davis Keynote Address: Interprofessional Education and Practice: A Bigger Picture

Davis Keynote Description:
With a foundation of interprofessional education and practice of well-being, we are able to provide safer, higher quality care and better service to each of our patients and their families. To effectively become a highly reliable organization we must equally consider every perspective brought forth by the care team and bring our best selves forward every day. We must individually and organizationally do our part to ensure that our care providers and support staff are coming from a place of overall well-being.

Keynote Educational Objectives:
At the conclusion of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

Understand the ultimate goal of interprofessional education & practice.

Recognize the critical role well-being plays in the journey towards high reliability and the outcomes of our patients.

Consider ways we can simultaneously support interprofessional education & practice and well-being of our team.


Speakers and presentations are subject to change.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of University Health Services Professional Education Programs (UHS-PEP) of Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. UHS-PEP is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UHS-PEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The VCU Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Virginia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Nurses will be approved for up to 4.25 contact hours.

VCU School of Pharmacy, Office of Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Upon successful completion of all learning assessment activities and submission of an evaluation form, participants can receive up to 4.25 contact hours or .425 CEUs. Statement of Credits will be uploaded to the CPE Monitor system within 45 days after all program documentation has been submitted to our office or processing. Program materials not submitted within 60 days will not be submitted to CPE Monitor for processing. UAN: CPE Monitor is a collaborative service from NABP and ACPE that provides an electronic system for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to track their completed CPE credits. It also streamlines reporting and compliance verification for boards of pharmacy.

VCU School of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. VCU School of Dentistry designates this activity for a total of 4.25 continuing education credits.


The registration period has closed for this event. Online registration ends 2/3/2017 11:30 AM. Available spots: 10

On-site registration will be available as long as space exists. If registering on-site, please arrive by 8:15 AM. Accepted forms of payment: personal check, money order or cashier's check. Cash and credit cards cannot be accepted the day of the event.

Registration Fee

Registration fee includes CE program and lunch. CE credit is included in the registration for general attendees only. Students and trainees may purchase continuing education credits (CE).

Attendee Categories

Student (Non-employee; full-time student): $25

Trainee (Intern, Resident or Post-doc): $50

General: $100 early registration (ends Saturday, December 17th)

General: $125 regular registration


Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Kelly Education Center Auditorium
1800 Lakeside Ave
Richmond, VA 23228

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The Emswiller Interprofessional Symposium Planning Committee acknowledges with gratitude the sponsors who provided support for this event.

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Hotel Information
Our venue is located in a residential area 15 minutes north of Downtown Richmond. There is no contracted hotel accommodations specifically for this event. You are welcome to select from any of the hotels of varying quality within a 10-mile radius of the venue.

The Hampton Inn & Suites Richmond/Glenside is approximately 5 miles away. It offers free self parking, free high-speed Internet access in every room and a free hot breakfast.

Continuing Education

Lecture: CEUs - 4.25

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