“Foundations of Interprofessional Practice and Research” IPE curriculum launches


August 16, 2013
Starting in August, “Ask me about INTERPROFESSIONAL EDUCATION” buttons will be a common sight around OHSU. The Interprofessional Initiative (IPI), led by Provost Jenny Mladenovic and launched last November, is working to enhance OHSU’s culture of collaboration and to support Oregon’s rapidly evolving health care environment. OHSU faculty involvement is essential in ensuring the success of the IPI and a learning environment to support interprofessional education (IPE) and practice.

Why is interprofessional education (defined as “when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes”) so important? Oregon is a national leader in health care reform, and OHSU educates many members of Oregon’s health care workforce, including allopathic physicians, physician assistants, nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, dentists, pharmacists, research scientists, and other important members of the health care team. Integrating IPE-CP across all OHSU schools and programs is essential to educating a health care workforce well-prepared to deliver team-based, patient-centered care.

To this end, the curriculum for OHSU first-year learners will begin with “Professional Identify and Professionalism” on Aug. 15, from 1 to 5 p.m. At OHSU, professional identity formation has two distinct dimensions: what it means to be a professional in one’s own discipline and what it means to be a professional collaborating with other health professionals. Understanding of how people develop professional identities is the basis for the professional identify formation session.

In addition to the Aug. 15 session, the “Foundations of Interprofessional Practice and Research” curriculum for first-year learners will include a full-day IPE session on Oct. 4 (Interprofessional Teamwork), and half-day/afternoon sessions on January 10, 2014 (Professionalism & Ethics) and April 4, 2014 (Safety & Quality Improvement). The learning objectives for the OHSU IPE curriculum—communication, professionalism and ethics, interprofessional teamwork, and safety and quality improvement—reflect OHSU’s commitment to creating safer, more effective care. All four sessions scheduled for Academic Year 2013-14 will include these core themes.

Please look for future updates on OSHU’s Interprofessional Initiative and for opportunities to get involved!