Kate Balzer, LMSW
Senior Project Manager
University of Michigan/Michigan Medicine
Kate Balzer, LMSW: Kate Balzer is a senior project manager in the Office of Patient Experience at Michigan Medicine. She serves as a member of the University of Michigan Center for IPE Executive Committee and the IPE Experiential Innovation Workgroup, and is involved with several initiatives to engage patients and families as part of the team in interprofessional education efforts.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

BackgroundImplicit bias among health professionals fosters disparities across groups of patients. This qualitative study aims to determine how an interprofessional education (IPE) experiential program, using social determinants of health (SDH) as its framework, influenced early health profession students’ to consider SDH as they develop awareness regarding their interprofessional identity when interacting with patients. MethodologyThe Longitudinal Interprofessional Family-Based Experience (LIFE), an 11-week experiential IPE program, engaged early health professional learners through two…
Background Introductory experiential interprofessional education (IPE) is necessary for health profession students to develop team skills. Meaningful engagement with patients provides an authentic experience for students, and patients can also provide feedback about team performance. The objective of this analysis was to determine the agreement of student and family/patient evaluation of team skills and to compare these to expert ratings. These analyses provide insight into future training for student and patient ratings of team performance. MethodologyThe Longitudinal Interprofessional…