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Interprofessional Health Care Course
The focus of the course is to learn about the role of other healthcare professionals and how to interact as a healthcare team. Eight disciplines are involved in the course including: communication and sciences disorders, medicine, music therapy, nursing, nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and social work. Each semester two five-week sessions are held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The small groups, consisting of 10 to 14 students from the various disciplines, meet at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The course is offered pass/fail.
This course is offered two times per semester as five weekly sessions.
Each session consists of seven to 10 groups with 10 to 14 students per group. Groups meet at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. A variety of large group and small group activities are used to promote team building and communication between health science professions.
The course objectives include:
- Apply knowledge and perspectives of health professions in team discussions about patient/client care situations.
- Apply group skills in case management approaches.
- Demonstrate patient/client-centered approach in decision-making as an interdisciplinary team.
- Demonstrate ability to reflect about team experiences and feedback.
- Identify sources of potential error and consequences to health care delivery.
The IPHC course utilizes TeamSTEPPS concepts as a framework for application of team communication skills in small groups.
TeamSTEPPS is a teamwork system designed for health care professionals that is:
- A powerful solution to improving patient safety within your organization.
- An evidence-based teamwork system to improve communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals.
- A source for ready-to-use materials and a training curriculum to successfully integrate teamwork principles into all areas of your health care system.
- Scientifically rooted in more than 20 years of research and lessons from the application of teamwork principles.
- Developed by Department of Defense's Patient Safety Program in collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
TeamSTEPPS provides higher quality, safer patient care by:
- Producing highly effective medical teams that optimize the use of information, people, and resources to achieve the best clinical outcomes for patients.
- Increasing team awareness and clarifying team roles and responsibilities.
- Resolving conflicts and improving information sharing.
Eliminating barriers to quality and safety.
For more information, visit the TeamSTEPPS website.