The inaugural A.T. Still University (ATSU) Interprofessional Education Collaborative Case Competition (IPE-CCC) was held Saturday, Dec. 1. Seven teams of students representing nine programs from ATSU’s Arizona and Missouri campuses and Arizona’s Grand Canyon University (GCU) nursing program participated. Each team presented an analysis of a hypothetical case to judges on both ATSU campuses via interactive technology.

Prizes of $2,500, $1,500, and $1,000 were awarded to the top three teams. First place was awarded to Stephen Leonard, PT, ’14; Caroline Lindsey, AuD, ’16; Rebecca Tansey, D2; and Mariam Ter-Stepanian, OMS II.

Second place was awarded to Jake Moore, OMS I; James Ruport, PT, ’15; Jessica Villarreal, GCU nursing, Michelle Weber, AT, ’14; and Brianne Wright, AuD, ’14.
Two teams were awarded third place — Grace Abruzzo, PT, ’14, and Dulce Harju, PT, ’14, and also Shoshanna Abels, OT, ’15; Suzie Aparicio, AT, ’14; MaryAnn Chrzaszcz, OMS II; Kathryn Collins, PT, ’15; and Michelle Hamilton, OMS II.

“As part of ATSU’s strategic initiative to obtain preeminence, the University is promoting the practice of IPE through collaborative learning in whole person healthcare. ATSU students are learning with, from, and about students of other health disciplines with IPE, an experience that will prove invaluable in their health professions. Experiences gained at the competition made great strides in the practice of IPE by joining together students of various disciplines across two universities with a common goal,” said Craig Phelps, DO, president.

The competition was an initiative driven by the Student Committee on Interprofessional Education led by ATSU students Adam Bennett, D3, also a public health with dental emphasis student at ATSU’s School of Health Management, and Rochelle Zangen, PA, ’13, with hopes that it will develop into a national competition represented by many universities.

“The competition provided an invaluable opportunity for students to learn. Not only did it introduce the basics of collaborative care, the competition introduced some of the real-world difficulties interprofessional teams encounter,” said Bennett.

Barbara Maxwell, PT, DPT, MSc, vice dean for interprofessional education and collaboration for ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences, faculty lead for the initiative, considers the inaugural competition a tremendous success. Maxwell and other faculty members diligently transformed a student-driven dream to a realistic patient case using fundamental concepts of IPE.

“I was so impressed by the quality of the presentations. The teams showed a clear understanding of the collaborative competencies and dedication to collaboration in action. The team reflections identified many of the barriers to collaborative practice but stressed the importance of collaboration if we are to provide patient-centered, whole person care,” said Dr. Maxwell.

The case followed the medical and family life of “Chip,” a photojournalist injured on assignment in Afghanistan. The case was developed by faculty contributors from ATSU, GCU, and Missouri’s Truman State University. Case details are online at

“The joy of the case developed for this competition is that students were asked to evaluate the case in relation to the four collaborative competencies. The intent was to ensure that the core focus was on Chip and his family. The inclusion of a family narrative in this case, which was presented as a diary written by Chip’s wife, Nancy, allowed teams to approach the case from a unique perspective,” added Dr. Maxwell.

The participating students represented ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine; ATSU’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona; ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health; the athletic training, audiology, occupational therapy, and physical therapy programs from ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences; and GCU’s nursing program.

A photo gallery from the 2012 IPE-CCC is available at the official ATSU facebook page.


Barbara Maxwell, PT, DPT, MSc – vice dean, IPE & collaboration – Arizona School of Health Sciences
Janet Head, EdD, MS, RN – Area Health Education Center – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Mindy Motahari, DMD – associate director – Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health
Lisa Chun, DO – assistant professor – School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
Sue Hillman, MS, MA – associate professor, interdisciplinary health sciences – Arizona School of Health Sciences
Bob McMullen, MS, PA-C – associate professor, physician assistant studies – Arizona School of Health Sciences
Cecelia Sartor-Glittenberg, PT, MS, NCS – associate professor, physical therapy – Arizona School of Health Sciences
Carolyn Glaubensklee, PhD – associate professor – School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
Mary Voytek, OTD, MC, OTR/L –assistant professor, occupational therapy – Arizona School of Health Sciences
Thomas Rigo, PhD – associate professor, audiology – Arizona School of Health Sciences
Amisha Klawonn, DPT, FAA, OMPT – assistant professor, physical therapy – Arizona School of Health Sciences

Grand Canyon University – College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Jennifer Overturf, MSN, RN, CNE – College of Nursing and Health Care Professions – Grand Canyon University
Karen Boyd, BSN, RN, CMSRN – clinical lab coordinator – Grand Canyon University

Truman State University
Judy Johnson, PhD, CCC/SLP– Communication Disorders – Truman State University


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