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Interprofessional Health Education Center
Lee Medical Building 302F
414 E Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Interprofessional Health Education Center (IHEC) facilitates collaborative learning among students within the School of Health  Sciences (SHS) and Sanford School of Medicine.

The term “Interprofessional Education” (IPE) means that students from different professions learn from, with and about each other.  In this respect, it is quite different from “multidisciplinary” or  “trans-disciplinary” education. Policymakers and accrediting agencies recognize that IPE is necessary to train future healthcare professionals to work well together - it makes everyone aware of the other’s roles and responsibilities. As the only South Dakota University with a SHS and a School of Medicine, USD is uniquely able to provide students with the opportunities to experience learning and practicing as teams.

The IHEC develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in interprofessional education and collaborative care through curriculum-delivered scholarship and service learning in order to improve population health.

One of our goals is to ensure that IPE is delivered according to accepted standards and that our students’ interprofessional competencies are met. To this end, we have adopted the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice*.

IHEC recognizes that teamwork does not happen automatically and we incorporate the TeamSTEPPS ® principles developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to promote better communication and coordinated practice for different healthcare professions. IHEC has certified TeamSTEPPS® Master Trainers who are available for consultations and who know how to implement the tools.

In order to remain at the cutting edge of interprofessional education  and practice, we offer our learners the following opportunities:

  • Workshops, seminars, activities, simulation scenarios and mentorship that further interprofessional education in the health  sciences;
  • Prepare students in all health care-related majors to work as a team in real-world settings;
  • Provide opportunities for research that includes interprofessional perspectives;
  • Support interprofessional faculty development; *All reference materials and much more can be obtained at this link.

In order to enhance interprofessional education at the University of South Dakota, an interprofessional team conference video was created. The video can be utilized as an example of an effective team conference when providing IPE to students across healthcare professions. The interprofessional team who created this video has made it available for your education and research use with the understanding that any research publications utilizing the video should reference USD as the source of the video.

  • IPE Team Conference Video - short version
  • IPE Team Conference Video - long version

Faculty & Staff

Get to know the faculty and staff in the Interprofessional Health Education Center.
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Sabina Kupershmidt

Associate Professor


Interprofessional teamwork
Bio Image for Faculty Member Megan Grode Wolters

Megan Grode Wolters

Instructor, MSW Program Director
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Valeriy Kozmenko

Director-Parry Center
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Arica Schuknecht

Coordinator-Clinical Foundations
Bio Image for Faculty Member Carissa Regnerus

Carissa Regnerus

Associate Professor
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Kari Potter

Chair-Med Lab Sciences
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Mandy Williams

Associate Professor
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Tallie Cassanova

Instructor, BSSW Prog Dir
Bio Image for Faculty Member Amanda Huber

Amanda Huber

Program Assistant I
Bio Image for Faculty Member Julie Swenson

Julie Swenson

Standardized Patient Coordinator
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BreAnne Danzi

Assistant Professor
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DenYelle Baete Kenyon

Associate Dean-SSOM Div & Inc
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Jennifer Phelan

Assist Professor of Practice
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Chabli Hodge

Instructor, BSSW Field Education Director
Bio Image for Faculty Member Karen Hebert

Karen Hebert

Assistant Professor
Bio Image for Faculty Member Adam Ladwig

Adam Ladwig

Assistant Professor
Bio Image for Faculty Member Barbara Stolle

Barbara Stolle MS, RN CNE, CHSE

SIM Oversight/Instructor
Bio Image for Faculty Member Minga Vargas

Minga Vargas

Bio Image for Faculty Member Marni Martin

Marni Martin

Assistant Director-CD