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, Framework for Action on Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice
In order to meet the challenge of providing health care in the 21st century, educators across the nation have called for new approaches to health professions education, including opportunities for work-based learning, longitudinal clinical experiences extending across the duration of the formal program, and the chance to work in interprofessional teams.
To answer this call, a group of educators from Belmont University and Lipscomb University Colleges of Pharmacy, Mid Tennessee Collaborative Master of Social Work Program at Tennessee State University Department of Social Work, and Vanderbilt University Schools of Medicine and Nursing designed an innovative program for incoming students. From the very start of their respective curricula, students will contribute to the care of patients in meaningful ways by working in interprofessional clinical teams.