The University of the Incarnate Word has started the Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPECP) this semester, and I am part of the first group of health professional students to participate in it.
There are a total of twenty UIW student volunteers that make up five groups. Each group has one optometry student, one nursing student, one pharmacy student, one health administrative student, and one facilitator (faculty member).
IPECP is a two-semester learning experience. This fall, students will learn about the competencies necessary to be a knowledgeable team member, including the values and ethics that undergrid the practice of each health profession, how roles and responsibilities differ across professions, what it means to be a team member, and the factors influencing effective, respectful communication that are integral to effective team functioning.
Next spring, students will provide care to patients in a primary care health center and learn that health professionals are in partnership with patients and share decision-making about care. We will gain first-hand understanding about local healthcare needs and put into practice collaborative team-based care.
I am excited to be a part of this inaugural group, and I know that my experience with IPECP will make me a great clinician in the future.