Sep 20, 2016

My International Interprofessional Experience in the United Kingdom: A Reflection by Dr. Anthony Breitbach

This September, the co-facilitator for our Intro to Interprofessional Health Care course [IPE 1100], Dr. Anthony Breitbach, ATC, had the privilege of attending the All Together Better Health VIII Conference in Oxford, United Kingdom. We asked him to share his experiences participating in this collaborative health care conference…

"The month of September 2016 was memorable for me both personally and professionally.  Thanks to a Beaumont Faculty Development Grant, I had the special opportunity to present a workshop and conduct research at the "All Together Better Health (ATBH) VIII" Conference in Oxford, United Kingdom.  The ATBH Conferences are held every other year and bring together the top scholars in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice from all over the world.  As a faculty member dedicated to interprofessional teaching and scholarship, this was an opportunity of a lifetime!

"This year's conference had delegates from over 30 countries and was hosted on the campus of Oxford University. Oxford University, home to the Rhodes Scholarship, is made up of several colleges which date back to the 1200's.  I stayed on the campus of the New College School, which was founded in 1379.

"I participated in a pre-conference workshop during the day and the conference opened in the historic Sheldonian Theatre.  The workshops were held in the Examination Schools at Oxford University.  I served as a session chair/moderator, attended workshops and plenary sessions.

"Dr. Scott Reeves, from Kingston University-St. George's University of London, and I presented our workshop entitled "Utilizing Sport to Study and Improve Global Interprofessional Collaborative Health Care" using the World Cafe method.  The workshop had 26 participants from 10 different countries and was an incredible scholarship opportunity!  In the evening, we had the ATBH Conference Dinner at Balliol College, the oldest of all of Oxford University's colleges.  The dinner took place in the hall that was featured as Hogwart's Great Hall in the Harry Potter movies.

"Overall this trip was a great collaborative scholarship opportunity, enabling me to grow professionally and personally.  I hope to take these experiences back to SLU to help grow our program and the profession of Athletic Training in the area of Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice." - Dr. Anthony Breitbach, ATC, Associate Professor

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