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About the Program


  • Cultivate respectful professionals
  • Nurture self-directed workplace learners
  • Prepare leaders who contribute to a collaborative-practice–ready workforce
  • Integrate the patient care experience with health professions knowledge
  • Improve the health care delivery system by integrating systems knowledge with patient care

Students spend one half-day a week with their teams.

Learning in Clinics

One half-day each week students provide care to a panel of patients under the supervision of multi-professional attending providers. Instead of simply shadowing other providers, students offer a greater breadth of services to their patients including health coaching and medication counseling. Students arrange for needed laboratory and imaging studies, contact consultants and access community resources when necessary. Some clinic days are used for home visits, group visits and patient education sessions.

Learning in Groups

One half-day each month the teams come together for a variety of classroom-based activities. Teams debrief on the week’s experiences using reflective exercises, assess team performances, and review patient outcomes and ongoing needs. A case-based curriculum focuses on the social and behavioral determinants of health, systems of care, and population and community health. In addition, all teams learn how to measure patient outcomes, apply quality indicators and devise both rapid cycle and long-term improvement projects. Students spend the remainder of the week participating in their school’s regular curriculum.

How long do students participate in this program?

The Vanderbilt Program in Interprofessional Learning is a longitudinal continuity experience with students remaining in their assigned clinics for two years. As learners advance, their clinic roles likewise advance and differentiate. Select third-year pharmacy students will have the opportunity to assume responsibility for mentoring junior students entering the program.