The Interprofessional Collaboration Initiative prepares health care professionals to best care for their patients, their colleagues and themselves. The initiative focuses on strengthening the communication, collaboration, conflict resolution and leadership skills necessary to provide extraordinary client-centered care.
By working alongside other disciplines, a deeper understanding and appreciation for collaboration is possible.
“All of our programs do a fantastic job of educating future healthcare providers in their respective fields, but health care is a team sport, and in order for our students to be successful working as team members, they need to learn how.”
Lea Ann Lowery, Faculty Fellow for Interprofessional Education
What Interprofessional Collaboration opportunities are available?
Students spend the day participating in activities, examining case studies and ultimately strengthening their ability to cooperate and work as a team. IPE Day is designed for students that are a part of professional graduate programs.
IPE Grand Rounds
Each semester, the School of Health Professions community is invited to attend two presentations which cover best practices and case studies related to interprofessional care. Presentations are given by faculty, staff and students.
Introduction to Interprofessional Collaboration Course
The course teaches client- and community-centered care and effective teamwork. Students must be enrolled in a professional graduate program (Occupational therapy, Physical Therapy, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Athletic Training within the School of Health Professions or other approved programs (Applied Behavioral Analysis) in order to enroll in the course.
What does Interprofessional Collaboration look like in real life?
Each day, health professionals of all disciplinary backgrounds work side by side to provide the best care. Listen to SHP alumni’s experience with Interprofessional Collaboration below.
Dana Evans, Respiratory Therapist
Kelsey Okruch, Physical Therapist
Jared Hyler, Athletic Trainer
Emily Drake, Occupational Therapist
Tracie Morris, Speech Pathologist
Kelly Dickey, Sonographer
Dylan Seitz, Health Psychologist