Message from Organising Chair ICON-IPEPC 2021

Prof. Dr. Soumendra Sahoo

Dear Delegates

It gives me great pleasure to invite you to the 2nd International Conference on Interprofessional Education Practice & Care 2021 (ICON-IPEPC) which, considering the current times, will be a virtual event. The theme of this second edition is ‘Developing Virtual IP Competency for healthcare Professionals’.

No one would have imagined that it would be a frightening, frustrating, and traumatizing 2020, turning our daily lives into a hellish nightmare. The novel Corona virus took the world by storm! We all went into lockdown, reluctantly forcing ourselves to adapt to enforced stringent changes! Social distancing, frequent hand washing, self-isolation by members within homes of the Covid-19 stricken were encouraged to help slow the spread of the virus, adapting, grudgingly, as we started living with this new norm. Our teaching learning went online; the internet remaining as the only thread connecting us to our students. But, while we did miss the atmosphere and camaraderie of traditional campus life, this gave us an opportunity to understand the power of the virtual classroom and its benefits.

Interprofessional education (IPE) occurs when health professionals from diverse disciplines purposefully learn from each other. It is being deduced increasingly that a multidisciplinary approach is the optimal model of patient care. With this concept in mind, this second edition of IPEPC will deliberate teaching learning methods involved in delivery of IPE curriculum, various assessment strategies for Interprofessional education and collaborative practice. At the same time, the conference will deliberate on the role of technology including simulation in advancing Interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

The Conference will see diverse presentations in form of plenary sessions, panel discussions, debates and workshops involving various nationally and internationally acclaimed experts in the field of IPE, in addition to the traditional free papers & e-posters.

What makes it a supreme pleasure is to invite you to the virtual conference of Manipal University College Malaysia (MUCM), new in name perhaps to the earlier MMMC, nevertheless a true blue-chip Institution in our near quarter century of professional medical education in Malaysia.

Please do register to get an immense insight to IPE/IPP/IPC concepts that may transform healthcare globally.

Enjoy the conference!

Prof Dr Soumendra Sahoo

Organising Chair, ICON-IPEPC 2021

Chair, Centre for Transformative Learning (CTL). MUCM