Catherine Demko, PhD
Associate professor of Community Dentistry
Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine
Catherine A. Demko, PhD, Associate Professor, is an epidemiologist, educator and researcher in Community Dentistry. Dr. Demko has been the principal investigator for grants on health provider communication with colleagues, students and patients and around interprofessional team skills , including the use of direct observation for assessing performance. She led evaluations on school-based sealant programs, community workers for pre-school oral health, dietary discussion with adolescents in the dental setting, and interprofessional team skills in the clinical setting. Dr. Demko participated on the team that developed ILEAP and led the design of the Direct Observation of Team Skills (DOTI) instrument.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

This Lightning Talk addresses the theme and subtheme of Interprofessional(IP) Education and Assessment through the presentation of the direct observation method, a powerful assessment technique for determining team skills performance. Direct observation has been extensively used in healthcare training to assess individual student procedural skills and more recently interpersonal communication. Patient-centered, collaborative care demands that all health professionals exhibit strong interprofessional communication and working relationships to optimize patient safety and health outcomes.…
Background: The Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Student-Run Health Clinic (SRHC) is an interprofessional student organization, operating since 2011. This poster serves to describe how the SRHC was able to quickly adapt and continue its aim of interprofessional education and community health service for underserved populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: The SRHC partnered with a federally qualified health center (FQHC), Neighborhood Family Practice (NFP) to increase patient access to vaccinations. Graduate medicine, nursing, physician assistant (PA),…
Theme: This seminar will present an innovation in interprofessional learning in practice that addresses IPE challenges in the clinical environment. The sub-themes addressed are faculty development to facilitate interprofessional learning and learner-led interprofessional education.   Learning Objectives: After participation, attendees will be able to: Design an interprofessional student team approach to clinical work that adds value to patient care. Incorporate a structured curriculum into the clinical setting for student self-guided practice of collaborative care team skills.…