Education at OHSU

Interprofessional Education

Since 2012, the Interprofessional Initiative has helped drive an educational revolution at OHSU. Working collaboratively across OHSU's schools and programs, we have built a model for interprofessional practice and education that makes team-based, patient-centered care the new standard. The success of the Interprofessional Initiative relies on collaboration among administrators, faculty, students, community partners and patients. 

Radiation Therapy students using simulation interactive program

At OHSU, we believe that team-based, collaborative care will result in:

  • More effective and safer care for patients
  • Lower health care costs and better outcomes for populations

That's why collaboration and education of a clinical and scientific workforce that addresses the health of populations in an interprofessional environment is an essential component of students' learning experience and are integrated throughout OHSU's healing, education, research and community service missions.

IPE Foundations of Patient Safety and Interprofessional Practice

Interprofessional education occurs when learners from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other in order to enable effective collaboration

Foundations of Patient Safety and Interprofessional Practice (IPE 401, 501, & 701) introduces early healthcare learners to the four core competencies of interprofessional education:

Competency 1: Values/ ethics for interprofessional practice (VE)

Competency 2: Roles and responsibilities for collaborative practice (RR)

Competency 3: Interprofessional communication practice (CC)

Competency 4: Interprofessional teamwork and team-based practice (TT)1


1Interprofessional Education Collaborative. (2016). Core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice: 2016 update. Washington, DC: Interprofessional Education Collaborative.

About 700 incoming students each year are required to take IPE Foundations. Students are put together in groups of up to 15 students, and then combined in interprofessional teams of 3 or 4 students.

Programs and Schools included:

Clinical and educational faculty from all across OHSU and OIT facilitate in interprofessional pairs. 

This is an annual course, which includes three 4-hour sessions, one session each term: Fall, Winter, and Spring. For more details, please visit Interprofessional Practice and Education in the O2 site.

Three IPE Foundations students having a group discussion.