Present an innovative approach to orienting new students from various healthcare disciplines on Interprofessional Educa(on (IPE).
Discuss strategies to shape incoming students’ attitudes toward working in teams.
Discuss challenges and opportunities in coordinating a large-‐scale IPE event.
Interprofessional experiences are a vital part of healthcare education, and early introduction can positively impact students’ attitudes and knowledge about their team members’ roles. While students at academic health centers (AHC’s) have opportunites to engage in IPE, such opportunites can be overwhelming given significant challenges to coordination and implementation. Addressing these challenges, an interprofessional team at Jefferson School of Health Professions in Philadelphia developed a large-‐scale event where students could meet other healthcare students and be oriented to IPE as a community. This session discusses the pragmatic and conceptual challenges of the two month planning process of the orientation event, its implementation, and outcomes.
Zapletal, A.L., Toth-Cohen, S., Wainwright, S., & Gilman, F. (2013). Introduction to IPE: A school-wide orientation initiative. Collaborating Across Borders IV Interprofessional Collaboration: Transformative Change from Classroom to Practice Vancouver, Canada, June 13, 2013.