Registration is open for the fifth international Collaborating Across Borders (CAB V) conference to be held in Roanoke Sept. 29 – Oct. 2.

Nearly a thousand health care professionals, students, researchers, and policy-makers are expected to attend the conference. The event is the premier North American conference on interprofessional education and collaborative practice in health and social care and is co-hosted by the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative and the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative. Locally, the event is hosted by the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute in collaboration with Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Virginia Tech, and Carilion Clinic.

Early registration, single-day, and student rates are available.

“To be selected to host the CAB V conference is quite a coup,” said David Trinkle, associate dean for community and culture at the Virginia Tech Carillon School of Medicine. “Hundreds of conference-goers will be introduced to the beauty and culture of Roanoke and the surrounding areas. Among the many benefits of playing host will be the economic impact.”

The conference, titled The Interprofessional Journey: Advancing Integration and Impact, will engage the growing community of individuals, professions, and organizations committed to collaboration as the best way of providing quality care and better health outcomes. The event will feature best practices, showcase evidence-based outcomes and lessons learned, and provide a venue for scholarly dialogue and networking.

Two new features will be introduced to CAB V. For the first time, in addition to attending panel presentations, workshops, oral presentations, and interactive poster sessions, conference participants will have the opportunity to exchange ideas about particular practices, topics, or issues in discussion group sessions. In addition, registrants will have the option to participate in pre-conference workshops, one of which will feature team-based simulations and will be presented by Trinkle, Wilton Kennedy, associate professional and director of clinical education, Jefferson College of Health Sciences; David Musick, assistant dean for faculty development, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine; Heidi Lane, director of clinical skills, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine; and Corey Heitz, assistant professor of emergency medicine , Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

Locally, the conference is being planned by the Department of Continuing and Professional Education at Virginia Tech.

Written by Catherine Doss