Melissa Zahn, OD, FAAO
Assistant Professor and Director of IPE
Southern College of Optometry
Melissa Zarn Urankar is an Assistant Professor and Director of IPE at Southern College of Optometry (SCO). She is the lead instructor for the IPE Series course and is engaged in curriculum development to enhance IPE and collaborative practice opportunities for students at SCO. She is Co-Chair of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative Mentoring Program Workgroup, a consulting member of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry IPE and Collaborative Practice Committee and founding chair of ASCO’s IPECP Special Interest Group, and Tennessee Interprofessional Practice and Education Consortium’s Board Treasurer and Membership and Communications Working Group Co-Chair.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Interprofessional faculty peer mentoring fosters learning together in the nexus to address what matters most to advance and sustain interprofessional practice and education (IPE). Formal and informal programs utilizing faculty or expert patients as mentors exist for interprofessional students, residents, and fellows and intraprofessional pre-/post-doctoral students, early career faculty, and clinical and translational research learners. Few opportunities exist for health and health-related professions faculty to receive formal mentoring across rank and experience levels to advance and sustain…