Just as interprofessional teams are now the norm in health care, interprofessional education is becoming the norm in health care and human services education. The College of Health and Human Services at WMU is pleased to be on the leading edge of this movement.
With varied disciplines housed in the college, there is ample opportunity for students to collaborate in classrooms, labs and simulations. That was part of the vision that brought these departments and schools together under one roof in 2005. There are a number of interprofessional projects ongoing in the college. Those include:
Interprofessional Peer Education and Evidence for Recovery - I-PEER
2022 Discharge Simulation
In April 2022, we held a discharge simulation for first year students.
48 OT students
38 PA students
19 Nursing students
13 SLHS students
Outcomes (based on student feedback):
Collaboration Collaborated with other disciplines cultivating confidence, knowledge, and respect for each. profession
Advocacy Learned how to better advocate not only for their patients but also for the distinct value of their own profession.
Communication Provided students an opportunity to practice respectful communication with each member of the healthcare team.
Knowledge Gained better understanding and insight into the roles and responsibilities of each discipline.