Foundations for Interprofesional Practice

Foundations for Interprofessional Practice is a three-part year-long sequence that introduces pre-licensure health sciences students to the competencies needed to practice in an interprofessional team. The series involves over 500 students from dentistry, dietetics, health administration, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work, and the MEDEX physician assistant program. Participation in the Foundations series is required for some students, as is determined by program. If you are not required to attend Foundations, but the sessions outlined below sound interesting to you, please contact Rachel Lazzar to inquire about the possibility of participating:  

Engaging Differing Perspectives on Health: The Case of Inpatient “Doris”

October 24, 2019, 3:30-5:20pm

“Doris” is an elderly woman hospitalized with congestive heart failure who does not accept many of the recommendations made for her care.  Her ongoing refusals create conflict amongst team members, who hold different perspectives on how best to care for her. This case-based session is an opportunity for students to experience tension within their teams, and to practice engaging constructively when there is inter-professional conflict. 

Interprofessional Partnerships to Promote Population Health: A Social Ecological Understanding of Pediatric Dental Caries

February 25, 2020, 3:30-5:20pm

Oral health is determined by diet, hygiene, smoking, alcohol use, stress, and trauma. These are all factors that contribute to many chronic diseases. Thus, a broad interprofessional team that includes primary care, public health, and policymakers is required to effectively promote oral health. This session will use a pediatric case of dental caries to illustrate the complex, interrelated factors that contribute to all chronic illnesses, and will highlight the critical role of collaboration between health professionals (and other community members) in treating and preventing chronic health conditions..

Error Disclosure Simulation

May 6, 2020, 3:30-5:20pm

Students will work together in interprofessional teams to discuss a medical error in a blame-free way, and then plan and deliver an error disclosure to the patient’s family.