Ithaca College’s School of Health Science and Human Performance (HSHP) recently hosted the Educating Health Professionals in Interprofessional Care (ehpic) training.
The event, developed and run by The University of Toronto’s Centre for Interprofessional Education, engaged faculty and local community members in a three-day event focused on the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to teach students the art and science of working collaboratively for patient-centered care. Interprofessional education is defined as occasions where students from two or more professions in health and social care learn together as part of their professional training.
HSHP faculty and staff representing more than a dozen different health related professions were joined by local community members for the training, which took place from Jan. 15-17. The participants worked together in teams to learn how to best incorporate interprofessional education into the curriculum.
“It is an expectation of many employers today that students enter the workforce prepared with skills to function well on interprofessional teams, with a keen understanding of their role in contributing toward improved patient health outcomes,” said Linda Petrosino, dean of the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance. “This training for our faculty and community members — who often offer our students internship and professional placement opportunities — provides a critical framework in developing leading-edge curriculum that prepares our students for contemporary healthcare practices.”
According to Petrosino, Ithaca College’s investment in bringing this event to campus maps to one of the School of HSHP’s strategic priorities: “to infuse and to systemize interprofessional education, interprofessional practice, and interprofessional collaboration across the curriculum.” It also aligns with the college’s strategic plan. One of Petrosino’s goals in hosting the training was to identify innovative strategies or ideas that can be built upon to create Ithaca College interprofessional education signature experiences that distinguish the institution as a school of choice.