New DS1 Interprofessional Education Curriculum Begins

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OHSU’s new Interprofessional Education (IPE) curriculum will be unveiled this month, for the Class of 2017. As part of the new curriculum, dental, medical, nursing, nutrition, physician assistant, and radiation therapy students will attend their first IPE session:  “Foundations of Interprofessional Practice and Research: Professional Identity and Professionalism” on Thursday, August 15, from 1 to 5 p.m. The IPE curriculum for first year learners is part of the university’s Interprofessional Initiative, which was launched in November 2012 by OHSU Provost Jenny Mladenovic, M.D., M.B.A., M.A.C.P.

Interprofessional education occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaborations and improve health outcomes.

“IPE is important because Oregon is a national leader in health care reform and OHSU educates a significant number of the state’s healthcare workforce,” said Jeffery Stewart, D.D.S., M.S., associate professor of pathology in the School of Dentistry, who is co-leading the IPE Steering Committee. “This means all of OHSU’s students must be adept in collaborative practice. The IPE curriculum developed by the steering committee is working to enhance OHSU’s culture of collaboration and to support Oregon’s rapidly evolving health care environment.”

The August 15 session will focus on professional identity (what it means to be a professional and collaborate with other health professionals) and professionalism (how people develop professional identities). The session is followed by an activity fair and social event in the OHSU Student Center gym. Students will be given an IPE button to wear (see graphic).

“Integrating IPE and collaborative practice across all OHSU schools and programs is essential to educating a healthcare workforce well-prepared to deliver team-based, patient-centered care,” said Dr. Stewart. “OHSU School of Dentistry is well-positioned to be a leader in IPE, given our new facility within the OHSU/OUS Collaborative Life Sciences Building.”

There are four learning objectives in OHSU’s IPE curriculum: communication, professionalism and ethics, interprofessional teamwork, and safety and quality improvement. The four IPE sessions scheduled this academic year will focus on these core themes and be integrated within the dental school-specific curriculum.

The second required IPE session for all first-year dental students is in early October.

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