The College of Graduate Health Sciences provides students from across colleges and programs the opportunity to engage in interprofessional education, research and professional development with the expressed purpose of increasing mutual respect and understanding of their unique roles and perspectives, to enhance collaboration and communication, and to improve health outcomes.
Interprofessional education efforts sponsored at the UTHSC are designed to facilitate the development of core competencies for interprofessional collaborative care as identified by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative, composed of representatives from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American Dental Education Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Association of Schools of Public Health (http://uthsc.edu/ipecs/documents/IPECReport.pdf). 1
The UTHSC strives to provide opportunities in classroom settings, simulated environments, and in the community so that students can achieve the identified core competencies prior to graduation:
- Work with individuals of other professions to maintain a climate of mutual respect and shared values;
- Use the knowledge of one’s own role and those of other professions to appropriately assess and address the healthcare needs of the patients and populations served;
- Communicate with patients, families, communities, and other health professionals in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a team approach to the maintenance of health and the treatment of disease; and,
- Apply relationship-building values and the principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different team roles to plan and deliver patient-/population-centered care that is safe, timely, efficient, effective and equitable.
1 Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel (2011). Core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice: Report of an expert panel. Washington, DC: Interprofessional Education Collaborative.