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University at Buffalo Appoints Assistant Vice President for Interprofessional Education

Dr. Patricia J. Ohtake, associate professor of physical therapy, department of rehabilitation science in the University at Buffalo (UB) School of Public Health and Health Professions, has been appointed assistant vice president for Interprofessional Education.

[Photo: Dr. Patricia J. Ohtake]

The goal of the UB Office of Interprofessional Education is to strengthen teamwork and communication among health professions students in order to improve patient care and safety, deliver higher quality healthcare and produce better patient outcomes.

Dr. Ohtake has served as the interim assistant vice president for Interprofessional Education at UB for the past year, following five years of involvement in UB’s Interprofessional Education (IPE) program. During 2016 – 2017, Dr. Ohtake chaired two Interprofessional Forums involving 1,400 health professions students and 100 faculty from the professions dental medicine, law, management, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, public health, and social work. Not only does Dr. Ohtake have significant IPE experience, she brings her expertise in the use of simulation for health professions education into the IPE arena.

“I’m honored and excited to serve the students and faculty of UB as assistant vice president of Interprofessional Education. Preparing healthcare professionals to be collaborative practitioners will improve patient outcomes and quality of life, reduce medical errors, and strengthen our healthcare system.” stated Dr. Ohtake.

Throughout her career, Dr. Ohtake has been active in clinical, educational, and basic science research focused on topics related to physical therapist care of individuals in the acute and critical care settings; cardiovascular and pulmonary physiology, pathophysiology, and clinical interventions; and most recently on the use of simulation in health professionals education and interprofessional education.

Dr. Ohtake earned her professional physical therapy degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Following several years of clinical practice, Dr. Ohtake completed her Master of Science in exercise physiology and her doctoral degree in physiology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Following her graduate studies, she completed a three year post-doctoral fellowship focusing on respiratory physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Ohtake has authored more than 65 peer-reviewed publications, including research in the areas of interprofessional education and simulation, and has presented UB IPE projects at national and international conferences. Her research has been published in prominent rehabilitation, education, and basic science journals including Physical Therapy, Simulation in Healthcare, BMJ Open, Journal of Physical Therapy Education, Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal, Journal of Applied Health Science, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, and Journal of Applied Physiology.

Dr. Ohtake has served on the editorial boards of Physical Therapy and Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal, provided grant reviews for national and international organizations including the American Lung Association and the Canadian Lung Association, and represents the American Physical Therapy Association on the National Quality Forum’s Pulmonary and Critical Care Committee.