LINC Didactic IPE Initiative

The LINC Didactic IPE Initiative resides within the LINC Faculty Council. This working group is dedicated to understanding and advancing IPE activities that take place in classroom setting (including online) as part of formal curricula. Didactic IPE activities lead to a formal transcript designation; for example, as a required educational experience during a credit-bearing course.  This Initiative’s signature program is the LINC Common IPE Experience. Annually, the Leader of the LINC Didactic IPE Initiative and the LINC Director collaborate to develop charges to guide Initiative efforts and maximize contributions to the QEP.

Fiscal Year 2023 Charges

Revise content, scheduling, implementation processes/procedures and evaluations for the Fall 2022 LINC Common IPE Experience based on program evaluation data collected, and stakeholder feedback obtained, from the Fall 2021 LINC Common IPE Experience.

Publish, in a peer-reviewed journal, results from the Fall 2021 LINC Common IPE Experience.

Submit at least one national peer-reviewed poster or podium presentation based on outcomes from the Fall 2022 LINC Common IPE Experience.

Submit for publication, in a peer-reviewed journal, results from the Fall 2022 LINC Common IPE Experience.

Working in collaboration with the Leader of the LINC Faculty & Staff Development Initiative, contribute didactic IPE expertise to the creation of workshops aimed at improving the IPE knowledge and skills of UT Health San Antonio employees and their attempts to increase quality IPE opportunities for students.

Collaborate with the LINC Library Liaison to explore the possibility of incorporating classroom-based IPE into the article library collection.

Submit at least one proposal for extramural funding to support the LINC Didactic IPE Initiative’s efforts to develop high-quality didactic IPE.

Contributions to Collaborative Scholarship

Click here to view a summary of scholarly dissemination products from the LINC Didactic IPE Initiative.

Meredith Quinene, D.H.Sc., M.P.A.S., PA-C
Leader, LINC Didactic IPE Initiative
Associate Professor, School of Health Professions

Meredith Quinene, D.H.Sc., M.P.A.S., PA-C, DFAAPA, leads the LINC Faculty Council’s Didactic IPE Initiative, which spearheads the LINC Common IPE Experience. Dr. Quinene is a 2003 graduate of the UT Health San Antonio Physician Assistant (PA) program. Following graduation, she worked clinically in several medical specialties, including Traumatic Brain Injury and Otorhinolaryngology. In 2015, Dr. Quinene joined the faculty of the UT Health San Antonio School of Health Professions in the PA department, where she is an Associate Professor and Academic Coordinator. In this role, Dr. Quinene is an active member of multiple department, school, university and national professional organization committees. Her interests focus on best practices in healthcare education, including IPE. Dr. Quinene has represented the School of Health Professions on the LINC Faculty Council since November 2019.

Bobby Belarmino HeadshotBobby Belarmino, PT, D.P.T., Ph.D., CCS
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
School of Health Professions

Bobby Belarmino, PT, D.P.T., Ph.D., CCS, is a member of the LINC Didactic Interprofessional Education Initiative representing the School of Health Professions. Dr. Belarmino is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. He has been a physical therapist for over 28 years now. He received his bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy at Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation in the Philippines and his master’s degree in Applied Physiology at Columbia University in New York. He completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, Mass., and then completed Ph.D. in Physical Therapy at Texas Woman’s University in Houston, Texas. Dr. Belarmino is a Board Certified Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist (CCS) from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialty. His research interests are in ICU rehabilitation, reducing hospital readmission in cardiovascular and pulmonary populations and improving frailty in elderly population through rehabilitation interventions.

Kaur PhotoNoorpreet Kaur, B.D.S., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor, Comprehensive Dentistry
School of Dentistry

Daniel Saenz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor/Clinical, Department of Radiation Oncology
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Daniel Saenz, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor/Medical Physicist in the Department of Radiation Oncology at UT Health San Antonio and the Mays Cancer Center. Having joined the faculty in 2017 after previously serving as a resident medical physicist in the same department, he has since then participated in the clinical consultation and operation of the clinical enterprise, worked on several research initiatives including stereotactic radiosurgery and served as a mentor in several educational programs. He is an adviser for a Ph.D. student, teaches two courses in the Radiological Sciences graduate program and mentors students in the Doctorate of Medical Physics Program.

Sadie Trammell Velasquez, M.D., FACP
Associate Professor/Clinical, Department of Medicine, Division of General & Hospital Medicine
Long School of Medicine

Sadie Trammell Velásquez, M.D., FACP received her medical degree from the University of Texas Health San Antonio (UTHSA) and subsequently completed residency training in internal medicine and was selected as chief resident. After her training, she joined the faculty in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine, in 2012 and is currently an associate professor. Engaged in undergraduate medical and graduate medical education since joining faculty at UTHSA, she has held multiple teaching and leadership roles in UME and is currently the Assistant Dean for Preclinical Curriculum. With support of Linking Interprofessional Networks for Collaboration (LINC) Seed Grants, her collaborations with the School of Nursing and the School of Dentistry have successfully resulted in implementation of interprofessional education (IPE) into the LSOM and SOD curriculum. She is actively involved with LINC in increasing didactic IPE across the university and disseminating the work done, which includes three publications and over 10 posters/oral presentations from the local to international level. In 2021, she completed the Harvard Macy Program for Educators.

Dr. Velásquez is board-certified in internal medicine and obesity medicine. After working in hospital medicine for 10 years, she developed and opened a new collaborative weight management clinic in the South TX Veterans Healthcare System in 2021, where she currently practices clinically.

Cynthia WallCynthia L. Wall, Ph.D., M.S.N., APRN, PCNS-BC, CNE
Associate Professor/Clinical, Office for Faculty Excellence
School of Nursing

Cynthia L. Wall, Ph.D., M.S.N., APRN, PCNS-BC, CNE, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing with a Teaching Appointment, and her research program is focused on professional nurse identity formation and interprofessional learning. She was involved in the Quality Enhancement Program for UT Health SA which, led to the Interprofessional focus for UT Health SA. Dr. Wall brings clinical practice experience and formal training in education. She has been involved in interprofessional education and practice for many years. She served last year as a member of the UT Health SA School of Nursing IPE task group and guided the Common IPE Course for the nursing students in their 5th semester. She serves on the UT Health SA Didactic IPE Committee and is actively engaged in the revision and study of the Common IPE Course.

Dr. Wall has a broad background in nursing and as an Advanced Practice Nurse (Clinical Nurse Specialist) developed several interdisciplinary (early career) and interprofessional teams for collaborative team patient-centered care. She was a pioneer in development of the first two hospital-based Interprofessional Pediatric Transport Teams in San Antonio in 1993 and 1996, as well as the first interprofessional Inpatient Pediatric Palliative Care Service in Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio in 2003. She currently serves as a leader on the inaugural UT Health SA, School of Nursing Committee on Interprofessional Education, the UT Health SA LINC Didactic IPE committee and collaborates on the Common IPE Experience.

Past Members

We are grateful for the hard work and dedication of the LINC Didactic IPE Initiative’s inaugural Leader, Lark Ford, Ph.D., M.A., M.S.N., RN, Associate Professor/Clinical, who represented the School of Nursing on the LINC Faculty Council from 2018-2021.

We would also like to recognize and thank the following past members of the LINC Didactic IPE Initiative (listed alphabetically by last name): Braulio Amezaga, Audio Visual Technician-Intermediate, Center for Simulation Innovation, School of Nursing (2019-2021);  Leticia Bland, D.H.Sc., M.P.A.S., PA-C, Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies Department, School of Health Professions (2019-2021); James Cleveland, Ph.D., M.S.N., RN, Director, Center for Simulation Innovation, School of Nursing (2019-2021); Diane Ferguson, B.S.N, RN, Director, HEB Clinical Skills Center, Long School of Medicine (2019-2021); Wesley Richardson, Ph.D., M.S.N., RN, CNL, Assistant Professor/Clinical, School of Nursing (2019-2021); Emme Lopez, MLS, Library Liaison (2019-2020); Rebecca Ajtai, MLIS, Library Liaison (2019-2020); and Kelly Lemke, D.D.S, M.S., Director of Admissions and Assistant Professor/Clinical, School of Dentistry (2019-2022).