Health and human service professionals heavily rely on their teammates across fields to aid in best serving their patients.
Interprofessional Education at Concordia University
Interprofessional Education (IPE) at Concordia University gives students who are enrolled in health and human services programs the opportunity to learn and train together. Working collaboratively allows students to build their IPE communication skills, as well as their knowledge bases. Students also develop understanding of other health and human service specialties.
This is crucial, because working on an interdisciplinary team is common in the workplace. Building up these skills and experiences keeps patient care at the forefront.
Ashley Lucht, Master of Occupational Therapy Student
IPE Student Experiences
IPE students can explore a range of opportunities both at the undergraduate and graduate level. These opportunities include courses that are cross-listed between different disciplines and health professions, as well as volunteer and service opportunities. Students can study abroad, compete in regional case contests, and participate in on and off campus IPE training opportunities.
Other Recent Student Opportunities
One of these opportunities was recently launched by faculty in the Schools of Pharmacy, Health Professions, and Nursing here at Concordia University. The initiative is called CALM, and its timely goal is to provide healthcare professionals with preventative care. CALM stands for Centering and Living Mindfully. This center aims to help prevent burnout in our healthcare workers.
In addition to CALM, Concordia IPE students won a TenVision ultrasound machine. “This machine was donated to Concordia after sonography students entered a contest that Concordians helped us win,” writes Kali Thiel, who covered the story.
These are just a few of the many ways Concordia IPE students have teamed up to build their competencies and interdisciplinary communication skills.
Concordia University’s Interprofessional Education program wants you to be ready to provide the best possible care for your patients. This requires you to understand your teammates’ priorities and approach your work with a spirit of collaboration.
One of the program goals is to develop future professionals who transform lives, influence the community, and value their neighbors through servant leadership.
If this passion for patient care, community well-being, and teamwork inspires you, feel free to reach out to one of our Inquiry Support Specialists. They’re equipped to answer your questions and help connect you with the program information you need.
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