Collaboration between health professionals is necessary for the delivery of person-centered, coordinated, and comprehensive patient/client care. Sargent College is committed to preparing students for this Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, through its Interprofessional Education (IPE) curriculum.
Interprofessional Education occurs “when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes” – World Health Organization, 2010.
Sargent College graduates will have the knowledge, values, and skills to implement – and the commitment to advocate for – interprofessional collaborative practice, necessary for the provision of optimal person-centered care.
Over three or four semesters, students in the following programs participate in Sarent’s IPE curriculum:
- Master of Science in Athletic Training
- Master of Science in Nutrition & Dietetic Internship
- Didactic Program in Dietetics / Master of Science in Nutrition & Dietetic Internship
- Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
- Doctor of Occupational Therapy
- Doctor of Physical Therapy
Students in these programs work together, learning ‘about, from and with’ each other to develop their abilities for interprofessional collaborative practice. During the curriculum, students complete collaborative online learning activities, and participate in a variety of face-to-face case-based activities with students in other programs.
There are many opportunities for students to participate in co-curricular activities.
- The IPE Student Group is very active, hosting a number of events including interactive guest presentations, lunches, study breaks, and opportunities to volunteer.
- An interprofessional Demo Kitchen activity allows students in Nutrition, Speech Language Pathology and Occupational Therapy to work collaboratively with participants of the Aphasia Resource Center to prepare healthy meals.
Contact Clinical Assistant Professor Craig Slater, director of interprofessional education and practice.