Elizabeth Speakman Named 2017 Mary Lou Yam Distinguished Lecturer at St. Peter's University


Published on October 12, 2017

Lecture SeriesElizabeth Speakman EdD, RN, FNAP, ANEF, FAAN, associate provost for interprofessional education at USciences, was named the 2017 Mary Lou Yam Distinguished Lecturer at St. Peter's University.

Dr. Speakman presented on the topics of interprofessional education and collaborative practice and preventing siloes. 

Although many institutions are working to build interprofessional education and collaborative practice opportunities, they are doing so in an even more siloed manner or what I coined as engaging in the “ Siloed2  Phenomenon”. 

Well intended faculty and well accredited institutions have the tendency to create interprofessional learning opportunities by pairing students that are of ‘liked minds’ therefore creating an even more restrictive learning experience or a Siloed 2 experience.  Ironically, the reality is that students can learn and master the 4 core competencies of interprofessional education and collaborative practice- [teamwork, communication, roles and responsibilities and values and ethics], by working and learning with any student population.  Simply put, all health profession students who are afforded the opportunity to collaborate with students who are not of ‘like minds’ are given a huge opportunity for growth and learning. 

Clearly, students whose coursework that predominately resides in scientific applications co-mingling and share ideas with students whose coursework that predominately resides in behavioral or humanities science applications will lend itself to a student population that has a greater understanding of the human condition of illness and how one views and responds to health and illness.  It behooves faculty and administrators to avoid creating the siloed2 phenomenon- reach out and connect- true collaboration has no boundaries.