IPE for EveryStudent, This Semester and Next

Some ways for U-M students to work in teams to advance health, next semester and even before!

Many interprofessional education (IPE) opportunities are built into curricula at specific touchpoints across the 10 health sciences schools on the three U-M campuses. Others are electives open and available to all interested students. And some fall somewhere in between, as options with prerequisites. Consider the opportunities below if you’re looking or unique ways to explore interprofessional education for better health outcomes in the near future.

The Longitudinal Interprofessional Family-based Experience (LIFE):

This winter semester co-curricular educational project connects interprofessional student teams with patients who have a chronic illness. The deadline to apply is Nov. 30, 2021. Students must have completed the Introduction to IPE online course in order to participate. Students who complete the entire LIFE experience will receive a certificate of completion acknowledging participation in a longitudinal IPE patient engagement program. This can be used to strengthen your resume/CV and demonstrate intentional engagement and experience in IPE as you apply for residency, fellowship, internship, or employment opportunities.

Looking for More IPE in Winter Semester? 

How about the “Health and Disabilities” IPE elective, a 2-credit class that contributes to the creation of an interprofessional health care workforce capable of providing a person-centered approach to caring for patients who have disabilities, to improve quality of care and reduce disparities in health outcomes. 

Or the newly launched“ Interprofessional Team-Based Care,” a 2-credit masters course that allows graduate health professional students to gain an understanding of how each discipline contributes to the health care team, the importance of effective communication, and the role of team collaboration in clinical decision making. This is an online IPE course where students will engage in case-based team-based learning. This course is asynchronous, but student interprofessional teams arrange meetings that fit their schedules.
To learn more about these and other IPE Opportunities, please peruse the often-updated  IPE courses webpage.

Social Justice Grand Rounds:

Fall 2021 is not the first time College of Pharmacy Assistant Dean and Clinical Professor Gundy Sweet has opened special mid-November sessions of her pharmacy ethics class to students across the health sciences at U-M. For fall 2021’s open and important discussions about health equity, four events were offered for IPE student teams.