At University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis, interprofessional education (IPE) is not only encouraged, it’s expected.
In collaboration with the Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education at Washington University Medical Campus, student pharmacists take part in teamwork and relationship-building exercises and other curricular activities that focus on the roles and responsibilities of different health care professions. Interprofessional education initiatives are incorporated throughout the experiential curriculum.
The IPE requirements help students prepare for interprofessional practice, providing the communication and teamwork skills necessary to be effective health care practitioners and improve patient care.
Activities rotate on the campuses of the University, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (WUSM), and Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, with students of audiology, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy and physical therapy taking part.
Students from the University, WUSM and Barnes-Jewish College have also formed the Health Professional Student Leadership Council (HPSLC), an interprofessional student organization that works to recognize the importance of interprofessional collaboration.
To learn more about the Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education at Washington University Medical Campus and its efforts to improve the health and wellness of individuals across the St. Louis area through the delivery of interprofessional care, visit cipewumc.org.