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  • Michael P. Sy

I got published at the Journal of Interprofessional Care!

I am so enthused to announce that my paper entitled "Filipino therapists’ experiences and attitudes of interprofessional education and collaboration: A cross-sectional survey" has finally been assigned an issue in the Journal of Interprofessional Care (JIC) by Taylor & Francis Group!

My hope is for this paper to be utilized and cited by healthcare professionals -- especially occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech-language pathologists -- to impact their practice, how they teach colleagues and students, and how they will further research on topics about interprofessional education (IPE) and interprofessional collaboration (IPC).

Since the final article did not include the acknowledgment portion (possibly due to word count limitation), I would like to honor all the people who have been part of my first-ever official and international publication (super excited lang ako, first timer eh, ang surreal lang ng feeling, hehe):

1. My sincerest gratitude to those who introduced and taught me about IPE and IPC: Dr Hideomi Watanabe, Dr Yoshiharu Tokita, Dr Bumsuk Lee, the rest of Gunma University's IPE Training and Research Center, and Dr Nobuo Ohshima for encouraging me to submit to JIC.

2. Many thanks as well to my co-champions who were with me during my formal training on IPE at Gunma University (Japan): Ms Grace De La Peña-Kang, Ms Lhuri Dwianti Rahmartani, and Mr Samuel Josafat.

3. To my NTTC-HP family who gave me the push to make a thesis on IPE and IPC from the start to the end: Maam Maria Elizabeth Martinez Grageda (my research adviser), Dr Erlyn Sana, Dr Normar Alviar, Maam Claire Pastor, and to faculty and staff of UP-NTTC.

4. To the people of UP-CAMP who helped me retrieve some archives from our library Ms Alma Labro and Ms Doms, and of course Prof Teresita Camiling Mendoza for sitting down for my final defense and for inspiring me to always think about collaborative practice not only with other professionals but also with community workers. Thank you for your advice and guidance in helping me become the OT I am today Mam Tez!

5. To Roi Charles Pineda, Prof Leticia Uyaco, and Alma Palapal Sy(mother dearest) thank you for helping me prepare and stay calm during my final defense for this paper, your presence that time really encouraged me to finish the race.

6. To the AUF faculty who showed support and openness to the novelty of IPE and IPC to be applied in AUF, thank you very much: Ree Sumulong RPh, Maam Annalyn T. Navarro, Ed Jurado, Maam Dean, VPAA Archie David, and to all the faculty members and students who joined our IPE training series in 2016.

7. To my IPEC friends from the Philippines -- Cath Escuadra, Nicole Roraldo, Michael Pereyra Gabilo, Mae Sadicon, Weng Arao Ynion, John Paul Mallari, DrJoax AO Benedicto, Anna Causapin, Karla Faustino Ranches, Jojo Reginaldo, Arden Panotes, Diane Allison Insular Lotho, Pauline Gail Martinez, Nins Igna, etc. -- this is the start of more local IPEC researches, which will hopefully springboard us to the first Philippine IPEC conference this 2018. Let us pray for it! :)

8. Lastly, I would like to give all glory, honor, and praise to the Lord God Almighty for your faithfulness to me despite my misgivings and imperfections. I am humbled to be blessed by You, and I pray that this harvest will nourish and inspire excellence in the rehabilitation science professions and healthcare system in the Philippines. Amen.

"And from his fullness, we have all received, grace upon grace." (John 1:16)


To my colleagues, co-researchers, and students, please feel free to access the e-prints from this URL:

For Citation: Sy, M. P. (2017). Filipino therapists’ experiences and attitudes of interprofessional education and collaboration: A cross-sectional survey, Journal of Interprofessional Care, 31:6, 761-770, DOI: 10.1080/13561820.2017.1359509

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