Kelly Karpa, RPh, PhD
Professor in the Department of Pharmacology/Assistant dean of interprofessional education
Penn State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA
Dr. Karpa is a professor in the Department of Pharmacology. She is assistant dean of interprofessional education and co-director of the Penn State College of Medicine’s Office for Inter-professional Collaborative Education and Teamwork. In her role, she develops, coordinates, and implements IPE initiatives for Penn State College of Medicine. She is a Josiah Macy Faculty Scholar and recognized as a Distinguished Educator by colleagues at Penn State. She is passionate about building bridges across professions and bringing interprofessional learners together in a variety of learning environments.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Small groups of IP learners (completing clerkship/clinical/field experiences) participate in monthly student-run care conferences discussing Neurology Intensive Care Unit patients. Learners formulate priority lists, ask clarifying questions, and discuss profession-specific perspectives to determine additional information and interventions necessary for successful discharge. Immediately following the care conference, students provide feedback regarding what was learned and indicate one behavioral change they commit to immediately implement to improve collaborative practice during clinical…