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Interprofessional Education

Improving Patient Outcomes through Collaboration

Why you need this program

Team approach to care

In today's complex healthcare system, care providers must work collaboratively with colleagues across the professions to promote positive patient outcomes. The Interprofessional Education (IPE) program at Utica College helps you develop a deeper understanding of a broad range of roles in the health professions so that you can effectively team up with practitioners in other disciplines to deliver outstanding patient care.

About IPE

The IPE program at Utica College:

  • honors the unique approach to healthcare offered by a diversity of disciplines
  • respects the unique roles, responsibilities and expertise of all health professions and the positive impact collaboration between disciplines will have on patient health outcomes

How to Participate in IPE

To learn more about the program and how you can be a part of it, contact Professor Patrice Hallock, Ph.D., Director of IPE.

Program Details

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary for future practice on an interprofessional healthcare team that is patient/client-centered.
    • Demonstrate mutual understanding and respect for the roles, responsibilities and scope of practice of one’s own profession and of other healthcare professions.
    • Utilize communication and collaboration skills in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a team approach.
    • Apply IPEC core competencies in various healthcare situations or settings.
  2. Develop team building and leadership behaviors that are consistent with Utica College’s Mission and Values.
  3. Analyze different roles and expertise within the healthcare field and recognize how individual uniqueness together with multidisciplinary approach (within the healthcare team) contributes to efficient conflict resolution, and outstanding patient care.

IPE focuses on four core competencies established by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC®):

  • Competency 1 - Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice:
    Work with individuals of other professions to maintain a climate of mutual respect and shared values.

  • Competency 2 - Roles/Responsibilities:
    Use the knowledge of one’s own role and those of other professions to appropriately assess and address the health care needs of patients and to promote and advance the health of populations.

  • Competency 3 - Interprofessional Communication
    Communicate with patients, families, communities, and professionals in health and other fields in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a team approach to the promotion and maintenance of health and the prevention and treatment of disease.

  • Competency 4 - Teams and Teamwork
    Apply relationship-building values and the principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different team roles to plan, deliver, and evaluate patient/population centered care and population health programs and policies that are safe, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable.

Students complete the IPE program in three steps:

  1. IPE 102: Introduction to IPE
    One credit of didactic education about core competencies of IPE and benefits of collaborative care

    This introductory course is for students as they enter their health related majors and are beginning to form their identities as future health professionals. This course will explore the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) core competencies: values and ethics, roles and responsibilities, communication, team and teamwork
  2. Interprofessional Practice and Leadership 
    One hour of didactic education about application of IPE concepts, team building and leadership in health care collaborative practice.

    This course is delivered as either an on ground or distance learning environment to provide the student with a foundation for success in patient care related fields. Emphasis is on inter-professional communication and collaboration, ethical decision-making, team building, teamwork and leadership.
  3. IPE 505: Interprofessional Experience
    A zero to one credit-bearing experience of interacting with real or simulated patients/clients in an interprofessional model.  

All IPE Courses

IPE 505 - Interprofessional Experience

IPE 505 is a zero to one credit-bearing experience that offers the student opportunities to interact with real or simulated patients or clients in the context of an interprofessional model. This practical experience is intended to prepare students in health professions programs at Utica College for the interprofessional, collaborative practice of patient care through innovative (nationally and internationally recognized) practice experience. Students have the opportunity to interact with peers in different health professions to achieve appropriate patient/client care.

Free From Falls Seminar

Available IPE experiences:

  • Free from Falls
    IPE teams of students will gain experience in applying the competencies to a population of community members with a common diagnosis (multiple sclerosis).
  • Defining home
    IPE teams of students work with construction management students/faculty to design a home that serves particular needs of patients/clients as a service learning IPE project
  • Caring for Community
    IPE teams of students participate in assessment and intervention in a local community project serving seniors.
  • IPE experience in Dominican Republic
    IPE teams of students will have a patient/client management fieldwork experience in Dominican Republic.

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Upcoming IPE Experiences (January 2022):

  • Comparative Healthcare Experiences in Egypt and Ecuador
  • IPE Experience in Ghana

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