Students collaborate with professionals at IPE Speed Networking event

More than 100 Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant and Nursing students met with local professionals and clinicians in Dominican’s inaugural Interprofessional Education (IPE) Speed Networking event on October 10.

The event – which provided learning opportunities for students to connect disciplines, promote teamwork, foster mutual understanding, and advance health for individuals and populations – was hosted by the Department of Occupational Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies at Dominican.

In addition to OT, PA and Nursing, faculty from Global Public Health and Counseling Psychology participated.

“The departments did this together to launch the Interprofessional Education Passport Framework; to model interprofessional collaboration; and importantly to demonstrate that we each support the need for students to know more about interprofessional collaboration because it benefits our patients,” says Barbara McCamish, Director of Clinical Simulation Services in the School of Health and Natural Sciences.

“As aspiring healthcare professionals, we will all graduate with a specific skill set relative to our degree,” says PA graduate student Julie Blanchard '19. “It is important to appreciate and respect that each professional skill set is unique and is equally as important as the next in patient care.”

The goal was to address an important need in healthcare for students from all professions to learn more about how to work together to improve patient care. This need is endorsed by the Institute of Medicine, the World Health Organization, and over 20 professional organizations. Students were versed in the core competencies of Interprofessional Collaboration, such as values/ethics for Interprofessional practice, roles and responsibilities of other professions, Interprofessional communication, and teams and teamwork.


October 11, 2018