Duyen í18, Anesthesia, Molisola Talabi í19, Anesthesia, Professor Michael Smith and Stephen Sawch í19, Cardio Perfusion working in the operating room at Quinnipiac Universityís Frank Netter Medical School on April 24, 2018.

The Center for Interprofessional Healthcare Education

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Overview

The Center for Interprofessional Healthcare Education uses a collaborative approach that helps develop health care professionals who are capable of providing evidence-based, coordinated and patient-centered health care. The center enables faculty, students and community partners to learn together, identify effective and efficient delivery options and engage in team practice that meets the challenges of 21st-century health care.

Reciprocal Learning Opportunities

Solving health care challenges together

We offer our students many opportunities for interprofessional and reciprocal learning. These include:

  • Team learning with mannequins and standardized patients: These exercises include simulated cardiac arrests, home visits, simulated births, ambulatory and in-hospital care.
  • Student Ethics Committee: Multidisciplinary teams of health professions students mirror the composition of hospital ethics committees.
  • Interdisciplinary grand rounds: Students from all disciplines participate in this important learning tool where presentations are made to inform all on best practices.
  • Clinical rotations: During ambulatory and inpatient clerkships, students work together on assignments designed for hands-on patient care.
  • EQUIP Rehabilitation Clinic: This free health care service is for local residents who do not have access to physical and occupational therapy services. The student-run, pro-bono clinic operates on Tuesday nights at the North Haven Campus.

Distinction in Healthcare Education

Graduate with a Distinction in Interprofessional Health Care Education

The program of distinction is an optional program that enables groups of students from all of Quinnipiac’s health care-based programs to develop the core competencies of interprofessional, team-based health care. These include: values and ethics; roles and responsibilities; interprofessional communication; and teamwork.

Program requirements include 80 hours of knowledge and skills development, experiential learning activities and servant-leadership in interprofessional health care service. Graduating with the distinction in interprofessional health care education gives students an advantage as it proves to employers that they have experienced the team dynamic that defines patient care today.

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“The School of Health Sciences places high value on interprofessional, client-centered health care. We strongly believe that one of Quinnipiac’s key strengths is the coming together at Quinnipiac of medicine and nursing with a comprehensive set of health science programs. In SHS’s recently adopted strategic plan, there is a curricular focus on an interprofessional education where students learn about the unique contributions of each health profession and how to effectively practice team-based care. Working together advances the needs of the individual clients in a way that improves their overall experience and leads to improved health outcomes.”
William C. Kohlhepp, DHSc, PA-C
Dean, School of Health Sciences and professor, physician assistant studies

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A young girl smiles as she uses several colorful hula hoops.

Making a difference

Excitement was in the air at Camp No Limits. Here, seven-year-old Abbie Coster, of Warrenton, Virginia, plays a game during a carnival event

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Story: Camp No Limits

A young girl with a missing leg high fives a Quinnipiac student.

A time for play

Charlotte Reid, age 9, high-fives occupational therapy student Rebecca Schadoff ’21, during a game of corn hole on the lawn outside the Rocky Top Student Center.

Camp No Limits reaches for the stars

Since 2015, Quinnipiac has hosted Camp No Limits for young people with limb loss and limb differences. The experience gives young people the chance to make friends, have fun, try new things, learn new skills and just be kids.

Dozens of occupational therapy and physical therapy students and faculty collaborate to create a positive experience for the campers.

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