Winners of the 2023 Minnesota Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition

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Authored by Christina Cauble, geriatric education specialist, University of Minnesota Medical School

With the 2023 Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition now in the books, everyone involved in the competition is thrilled to announce the winners. Congratulations to the 2023 University of Minnesota Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition first place recipients, the University of Minnesota’s Team 3!

The University of Minnesota Geriatric Case Competition is a unique opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students from multiple disciplines and schools at the University of Minnesota to come together as a team to develop a comprehensive, interprofessional plan of care for an older adult. The Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition is coordinated by the Minnesota Northstar Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). In 2023 the event was sponsored by Rebecca Cassidy, HealthPartners, MAGIC (Minnesota Association of Geriatric Inspired Clinicians), MN Leadership Council on Aging, and Huong Nguyen, PhD. 

The friendly competition involved students from the University of Minnesota campuses, including Duluth and Rochester and Twin cities, students from AT Still University, and also those from St. Louis University and other Missouri schools. The competition culminated with the University of Minnesota’s top team competing against the winning team from St. Louis University. 

Learning goals of the Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition include: 

  • Adequate analysis of the information provided to identify patient problems.
  • Clear evidence that the patient and care partners were the focus of care.
  • Recommendations for care interventions unburdened from concerns about health care financing or years of experience with entrenched beliefs.
  • Evidence of developing interprofessional competencies – working together as a team, valuing their own and others’ contributions, respectful teamwork, communication, values and ethics.
  • Ideally, teams will come up with some innovative strategies for managing challenges of care and teamwork in caring for the patient and family.
  • The presentation should indicate that there was intentional/deliberate interprofessional collaboration.
  • Evidence that team members learned more about each other and additional disciplines as they prepared their plan.
  • Evidence of self- and team-reflection on challenges and rewards of a variety of viewpoints and strengths on team and collaboration.

A distinguished multidisciplinary panel of judges with expertise in geriatric care evaluated the teams’ case presentations. 

Prizes to be shared among team members will be awarded to first-, second-, and third-place teams. These include $500 for first place, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place. All students will receive a one-year subscription to Geriatrics at Your Fingertips. The first-place team from University of Minnesota competed at the final Inter-university Geriatric Case Competition held in conjunction with Saint Louis University on November 14. This final competition was live, virtual/online. This year’s Inter-GWEP winning team was from St. Louis University who will receive a prize of $1,000. In addition, students from top teams will receive medallions, which can be worn at their graduation ceremonies.

Congrats to winners of the 2023 University of Minnesota Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition: First place was University of Minnesota Team 3, with an average score of 95! This interprofessional team included:

  • Patrick Acton, representing Pharmacy
  • Katherine Burkholder, representing Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Yan Er Ng, representing Physical Therapy 
  • Alyssa Ruberg representing Pharmacy
  • McKenzie Shirley, representing Dentistry from AT Still University

Second place in Minnesota was Team 10, with an average score of 91. This second place team included Vanessa Orcutt (Pharmacy), Jimmy Morales  (Pharmacy), Caleb Anton (PT), Rachael Jerabek (OT), and two other team members (Biological Sciences) (Dentistry). The expert coach for Team 10 was Terri Harvath, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA (Nursing).

Third place in Minnesota was Team 15, with an average score of 85. This third place team included: Junia Adefiranye (Pharmacy), Emma Larsen (PT), Grace Bischke (PT), Anna Schoo (MD), and Jacqueline James (Liberal Arts/Communications). The expert coach for Team #15 was Rebecca Kamil (Chaplaincy).

And hearty congratulations to winners of the Inter-University Inter-GWEP Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition at Saint Louis University! Watch the video of the winning presentation by Saint Louis University

Take a look at the video of the 2022 winners to see another example of interprofessionalism in the Geriatric Case Competition and see the video of the 2023 top scoring team in Minnesota!

We offer gratitude to the sponsors of the 2023 Interprofessional Geriatric Case Competition: the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Otto Bremer Trust, Huong Nguyen, PhD (Clinical Associate Professor, UMN School of Nursing), HealthPartners, Rebecca Cassidy (GWEP Community Advisory Board member), Minnesota Association of Geriatrics Inspired Clinicians (MAGIC), and Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging. Thank you for inspiring the next generation of geriatric providers and caregivers to give back to this population.