A Growing Push for Interprofessional Education Leads to Collaboration
Philadelphia, PA - At Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, interprofessional education isn’t just an academic buzzword. It’s built into the university’s strategic plan.
The university, which offers degrees in health sciences, founded the Jefferson InterProfessional Education Center in 2007 to set new educational standards for interprofessional education. The goal is to train health professionals to move out of their proverbial silos and work more collaboratively to deliver better, safer, and more patient-centered health care.
To do that, the center created curricula to ensure that students master core competencies of interprofessional collaborative practice. It also offers a “health mentors program,” in which students from various disciplines work together with a member of the community who has at least one chronic illness; educational collaborative practice opportunities in interprofessional “clinical rounding,” in which students from various professions discuss a joint plan for a patient; and team-based simulation training, in which students treat and assess patients together as members of health care teams.
“Our wish is to create so many interprofessional opportunities that our students will be able to select from a variety throughout their academic careers,” said Elizabeth Speakman, EdD, RN, CDE, co-director of the center and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellow (2012-2015). “The long-term goal is that students, when they enter practice, will naturally assume those types of relationships and avoid the kind of ‘silo care’ that we often see today.” Continue>
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