WesternU was the first institution to develop a comprehensive program helping students from nine distinct health professions to learn how to work as a cohesive health care team. Why have we done this? Because:
- As national health care organizations and employers emphasize the importance of a team-based approach to health care, it is likely that training as part of an interprofessional health care team will enhance graduates’ resumes and increase their employment opportunities.
- The growing number of elderly with chronic conditions will make coordinated care even more essential and valued.
- The emergence of infectious, zoonotic diseases impacts all health professions.
- Patients will receive timely care from the most appropriate health care providers – minimizing cost and maximizing patients’ potential for improvement and recovery — thanks to the collaborative care that can be created as the result of interprofessional education.
- Our students graduate with a distinctive collaborative training and outlook which will ultimately benefit patients.