Interprofessional Education

Co - Facilitators - Marie Gilbert  and Scott Sailor


Fresno State hosts several health professional programs including, but not limited to, physical therapy, nursing, athletic training, speech and language pathology, recreation therapy, social work.  As graduates of these professions enter the health care arena they are required to function as part of a team including practitioners from a variety of professions.  Interprofessional education is crucial to preparing these future professionals for today’s health care environment.

Interprofessional education is more than educating learners from different professions in the same room but rather creating educational experiences that allow students "from two or more professions to learn about, from and with each other to enhance effective collaboration and improve health outcomes" (WHO, 2010).

This FLC will explore as core concepts and principles of interprofessional collaborative practice (ie, value/ethics for interprofessional practice, roles/responsibilities, interprofessional communication, teams and teamwork). The facilitators will lead the group to explore strategies to immerse learners from different professions in meaningful educational experiences to enhance their teamwork and communication skills to assist their preparation to become collaborative ready practitioners.

The FLC members will meet for 90 minutes each month (beginning in September 2013) to discuss progress and provide assistance to one another. 

You are best prepared to participate in this learning community if

  • You’re currently involved with interprofessional education
  • You’re interested in identifying and implementing interprofessional education opportunities for your students
  • You’re interested in assessing the readiness for interprofessional learning among students and faculty
  • Interested in learning more about interprofessional education standards and competencies for health professionals

Who may participate?

 Faculty from any discipline and of any rank/status are invited to participate.

Meet your facilitators

Marie Gilbert, MA, RN, CHSE is a nationally certified healthcare simulation educator and currently holds the position of Simulation Coordinator at Fresno State University. 

She has been instrumental in the development of clinical simulation throughout the nursing baccalaureate and physical therapy programs. Marie has a particular interest in collaborative learning strategies, and recently initiated interprofessional education opportunities for nursing students through interprofessional simulations. The clinical simulations included pediatric medical residents, nursing students and pharmacy residents.  As co-founder and co-lead of the Central Valley Simulation Collaborative, Marie serves as a resource for regional academic and healthcare organizations.  Marie is a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) and served as an abstract reviewer for the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) in 2011, 2012, 2013.

Scott Sailor,  EdD, ATC

Scott Sailor is an associate professor/Chair in the Department of Kinesiology and Director of the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.  He was the recipient of the 2007 California State University, Fresno Provost’s Award for Technology in Education. Dr. Sailor has presented at conferences nationally and internationally regarding the use of technology in student learning and engagement.  He has also published several articles on the topic.  Along with his other duties, he currently has an appointment as a TILT Fellow working with faculty on the enhancement of teaching using technology.