We are planning to include the following elements in our IPE Model:
- It will be a required, comprehensive program for our entry level health professional students.
- There are 13 health care disciplines: osteopathic medicine, optometry, dental medicine, podiatric medicine, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant, nursing, pharmacy, public health, occupational therapy assistant, medical assistant, and diagnostic imaging.
- The planned IPE curriculum will be threaded and integrated into the respective professional programs.
- The full curriculum will likely include activities such as IPE clinical scenarios with our standardized patients (SP) program; IPE team based patient safety and disaster management activities; patient care experiences at our new Interprofessional Diagnostic Suites at our new on campus Patient Care Center and documentation of IPE experiences at outside clinical rotations.
Sheree J. Aston, OD, MA, PHD
Chair, Interprofessional Education Committee
Vice Provost, Office of Academic Affairs
For more information about IPE at WesternU please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.