Interprofessional education (IPE) helps prepare health professions students to provide patient care in a collaborative team environment. Through interprofessional learning opportunities students from two or more professions learn with, from, and about each other to improve collaboration and quality of care. IPE is very important for the development of effective and efficiently functioning health care teams that are needed to deliver high quality care in an increasingly complex healthcare environment.
UCF COM IPE program is included as one of the Longitudinal Curricular Themes in the medical school program. UCF College of Medicine hosts an Interprofessional Working Group of faculty from UCF Colleges of Medicine and Nursing, UCF Schools of Social Work, Physical Therapy and Communication Disorders and University of Florida’s College of Pharmacy. The working group models interprofessional collaboration in the design and delivery of IPE events for students in the pre-clinical and clinical years of their professional training programs.
- Denise Kay, Ph.D., M.A.
- Judith Simms-Cendan, M.D.
- Introduce the roles and culture of a variety of health professionals and their contribution to patient care, health and well-being.
- Introduce the characteristics and processes associated with effective health care teams.
- Identify practices that support collaborative practice and team effectiveness.
- Identify optimal and sub-optimal team functioning.
- Identify and effectively communicate the roles and responsibilities of team members to patients, families, and other professionals.
- Demonstrate effective communication tools and techniques to facilitate discussions and interactions that enhance patient care and team function.
- Present strategies for giving receiving respectful, instructive feedback about contributions to optimal and sub-optimal team performance.
- Identify methods to address conflict within the health care team and/or patient encounters.
- Identify and utilize appropriate resources and consult with and/or refer to appropriate professionals and specialists to address patient concerns.
- Build and/or confirm a shared mental model of patient’s presenting problem and develop an interdisciplinary treatment plan.