Maralynne D Mitcham IP Fellowship

The purpose of the Maralynne D. Mitcham Interprofessional Fellowship is to prepare university faculty and staff to successfully assume new roles in interprofessional education, research, practice, and/or administration. The program seeks to foster people who demonstrate interprofessional competencies that span multiple disciplines and contexts. Further, the fellowship strives to enrich collaborative learning experiences and scholarship among the MUSC community, including its students, thereby supporting a deeper level of interprofessional engagement and integration.

2020-2021 Fellowship Recipients

The Office of Interprofessional Initiatives is pleased to announce the newest recipients of the 2020-2021 Maralynne D. Mitcham Fellowship are Rupak Mukherjee, PhD, Research Associate Professor in College of Medicine and Amy Smith, MSN, RN, CNE, Clinical Instructor in the College of Nursing. The purpose of the Maralynne D Mitcham Fellowship is to prepare enterprise faculty and staff to successfully assume new roles in interprofessional education, research, practice, and/or administration. The program seeks to foster people who demonstrate interprofessional competencies that span multiple disciplines and contexts. A cohort of up to two fellows are selected each year for a 12-month experience, each of whom will receive a $5,000 stipend to be used for professional development activities.

Dr. Mukherjee

Dr. Mukherjee will be developing an interprofessional short course that will include students and faculty from across the enterprise to reinforce the interprofessional nature of efficient patient care. The course will be designed to allow the participants to participate in a more interactive manner with medical students and help students appreciate the varied role many healthcare professionals play in the care and treatment of the patients they encounter during the clinical phase of their education.

Amy Smith

Amy Smith, MSN RN, CNE will create an interprofessional high-fidelity simulation scenario involving caring for patients at end-of-life that will be incorporated into a new IP elective course to potentially be offered in Fall 2021.

2019 - 2020 Fellowship Recipient

Corrie Scharrenberg, BSN, MSN AGNP, Department of Quality/Patient Safety, believes that reducing sepsis mortality and improving outcomes is a team sport. Interprofessional collaboration is an essential part to program development, successful implementation and sustainability. She spent her fellowship year working to combine the benefits of technology and the adoption of the TeamSTEPPS huddle philosophy within the Sepsis Workup and Treatment Program (SWAT) at MUSC. She believes that the union of these two methods will lower the threshold for suspicion of sepsis at a critical decision point during our patients’ care.

2018-2019 Fellowship Recipients 

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Dr. DuBose-Morris, MUSC Libraries and Center for Telehealth, spent her fellowship year seeking to accelerate the training of students in telehealth teamwork as part of their current degree programs. Over the course of the fellowship, she shared lessons learned from MUSC interprofessional training development statewide and nationally. Her goal is to continue to inspire other faculty and staff to use models of interprofessional education to address quality, process, and outcomes improvement in healthcare. View Dr.DuBose-Morris’ fellowship year activities.

Dr. Joni Nelson 
Dr. Nelson, Division of Population Oral Health Deputy Director and Curriculum Coordinator for the Safetynet Dental Certificate program within the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine, strengthened her knowledge and expertise in interprofessional health practices for advancing team-based approaches to deliver culturally competent care in both primary and dental care settings. She developed an efficacy-building training that promotes oral health interprofessionalism practices and prepares students and faculty across all college disciplines (Pharmacy, Medicine, Dental Medicine, Health Professions, and Nursing) to deliver culturally competent care in both primary and dental care settings.

View Dr. Nelson’s fellowship year activities.

2017-2018 Fellowship Recipients

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Benjamin Kalivas and Dr. Gweneth Lazenby are the newest recipients of the Maralynne D. Mitcham Fellowship for the 2017-2018 year. 

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Dr. Kalivas
, a hospitalist in both the Department of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry, plans to enhance his skills in working with IP teams in day-to-day clinical practice.  He hopes to develop a lasting IP approach to the management of delirium and plans to begin prevention and treatment trials in collaboration with IP teams.  He will also develop and produce family and patient awareness information, pamphlets and/or videos and organize a hospital wide awareness event along with other patient safety week events in March 2018.


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Dr. Lazenby
 wants to cultivate the leadership skills necessary to develop efficient and effective IP teams within the Women and Children’s ICCE.  Her overarching goals include the creation of IP teams that will determine common patient care, education and research goals.  These teams will collaborate to develop quality improvement programs/strategies to achieve the identified goals.

View Dr. Lazenby's fellowship year activities.

2016-2017 Fellowship Recipients

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Anita Ramsetty, MD
 spent her year as a Maralynne D. Mitcham fellow “in defense of food for patients, student learning, and professional development”.  She used her funding for professional development completed over 50% of the requirements necessary to take the Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist examination.  Dr. Ramsetty focused on developing and IP elective (IP 700) Caring for the Community:  Focus on Food which was launched in the fall 2016.  The course was nominated for the 2017 SC Commission on Higher Education Service Learning Award which recognizes exemplary service learning contributions made by the students of South Carolina’s public and private colleges and universities. During her fellowship year, Dr. Ramsetty attended at an IPE conference at the Jefferson Center in Philadelphia. She served as an IP facilitator for the MUSC required IP 710 course and was recognized by the students as one of the 2016 Outstanding Small Group Facilitators.

View Dr. Ramsetty’s fellowship year activities.

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Eva Serber, PhD
 devoted her year as a Maralynne D. Mitcham fellow to the integration of Behavioral Medicine into Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and began working ½ day per week in this clinic starting in December 2016.  She hopes to incorporate training for psychology interns in near future.   Dr. Serber used her fellowship funding to join the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and attend the 2016 Annual Conference. She joined the AACPR Task Force for Outcomes Measures and is an invited speaker and will lead a breakout session at the 2017 Annual Conference on “Anxiety in Your Cardiac Rehabilitation Patients with and without Devices. Dr. Serber served as an IP facilitator for IP 710 in Spring 2016 and provided interested health professions students the opportunity to join her in attendance at a MUSC Heart Transplant Selection Committee meetings.

View Dr. Serber’s fellowship year activities.