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Interprofessional Education (IPE)

Dental educators have realized that interprofessional education (IPE) is a way to improve the care a new dental professional such as you provides from the moment you begin working on that first patient. Interprofessional education is defined by The Center for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE) as “two or more professions learn[ing] with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care.” Through IPE, programs promote teamwork, an understanding of the different roles and responsibilities of the various health professions as well as respecting the differences in those experiences and taking away stronger clinical knowledge from the collaboration. 

With our knowledge today of how oral health is linked to systemic health, IPE allows you and other students of health professions to learn from each other and tears down the clinical walls between the health sciences. By learning in this way, you and your contemporaries will be well-versed in referring patients to practitioners even outside the dental field and will better understand your role in preventive whole-body care.

Have you experienced interprofessional learning at your institution? What is your impression of IPE? Is interprofessional practice something you feel prepared for as a new practitioner?

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Interprofessional Education (IPE)

08:04 AM | Dec 16,2016
Interprofessional education is essential nowadays to the overall health of our patients. It is essential that we learn to rely on each other as professionals to provide our patients with the best health care possible. My impression of IPE is that it would greatly benefit every aspect of health care. Even though I have experienced interprofessional learning at my institution I still don’t feel prepared to practice it. I think it is something that requires training and continuity so it becomes a thing of routine to consult with others when treating our patients. IPE should not only be taught, it should be implemented in the different health care settings (hospitals, and private practices). The goal of every health care provider is to provide their patients with the best care possible and I think interprofessional communication is the means to achieve that.

Interprofessional Education (IPE)

03:55 AM | Jul 09,2016
I am a big fan of Interprofessional Education. I think for the benefit of the patient, all disciplines should work together. At Columbia, we work a lot with the public health and medical students to help treat our patients. I think this is the future of patient are. We are moving towards an integrated system.

Interprofessional Education (IPE)

09:06 AM | Jun 23,2016
Interprofessional education is certainly becoming more and more essential as we continue to move towards and integrated system of healthcare. It's imperative that all providers learn to interact effectively with their colleagues in different healthcare system, so that the continuity and competence of patient care is not compromised on any level. This is even more important as we continue to move away from face-to-face interaction and towards electronic means of communication for patient handoff purposes. At the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus all students are required to complete a two-semester Interprofessional Education course, in which groups of students from each medical discipline collaborate to respond to ethical dilemmas in the medical setting. Being able to discuss the implications of these decisions is incredibly important and I really enjoyed the class as a whole. It is certainly encouraging that many schools are encouraging IPE development and I look forward to seeing how our profession continues to be more and more integrated into the healthcare system as a whole.

Interprofessional Education (IPE)

03:27 PM | Dec 16,2015
At Virginia Commonwealth University, we are fortunate to have dental, medical, pharmacy, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, dietitians, engineering, and Ph.D. students on our campus. An organization has formed that unites all of these programs into one - it is called the Inter Health Professions Alliance (IHPA). The aim of this organization is to bring all of the schools together to increase our interprofessional skills and to help our community through outreach. Every month has a designated topic. We have a lunch and learn meeting where we bring in a speaker from one of the disciplines to teach us all more about the topic. For our outreach, we go to the local Kroger grocery store and set up a table providing blood pressure screenings and advice on healthy eating. We also distribute a newsletter each month that our members have contributed to that focuses on the month's topic. Everything is written at a sixth grade reading level to help with comprehension. This organization is a great way to get involved with the other health professions and to network in a less formal way than structured curriculum. I would encourage anyone to try to start a similar organization at their school!

Interprofessional Education (IPE)

03:17 PM | Dec 13,2015
At the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine they have just revised our interprofessional experiences. Our experiences are in different clinics around the city for one week our fourth year. For example one experience follows speech pathologists in their work. Another opportunity that we have had is being part of case studies with students from other professional schools and faculty as facilitators. The last case that was discussed presented with may different dental problems and risk factors for oral disease. A lot of the students came out realizing how important the dental team is. I hope that I can continue to participate and encourage other classmates to do the same.

Interprofessional Education (IPE)

02:26 PM | Dec 07,2015
At the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, third and fourth year dental students have unique opportunities to join the campus president, Dr. Perman, and his team in President's Clinic, where students from other University of Maryland graduate programs evaluating pediatric patients together. When I arrived at President’s Clinic last week, I was greeted by a medical student, a nurse practitioner student, a pharmacy student, and a social work student. The five of us worked as a team with equally important roles. Together we discussed cases and agreed upon patient treatment plans. It was really interesting the way a patient can be evaluated in one visit from all aspects including medical, nursing, social work, pharmacy, and dentistry. Working together now as students will only make our interprofessional relationship stronger in our future work environments. I think it is important that we prioritize the importance of interprofessional education as this collaboration opened my eyes to a new relationship between professionals of diverse fields.

Interprofessional Education (IPE)

12:41 PM | Oct 12,2015
I recently had an experience with IPE at my school. I definitely think it was a great experience and helped me reinforce a lot of my knowledge as well as learn some new things. I think more IPE experiences are needed in dental school as healthcare moves more towards the interprofessional team model, but I feel prepared to act as part of that team.