What We Do
Learning that emphasizes real-world experience
The overarching purpose of the Center for Interprofessional Healthcare Education is to give students in the School of Health Sciences, School of Nursing, and Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine the opportunity to develop skills in hands-on, team-based health care environments, preparing them for all of the obstacles inherent in modern health care.
The resources offered by the center are second to none. The simulations we’ve created reflect the environments and situations encountered in the real medical world, ensuring that our students’ education remains completely relevant to the challenges that they will ultimately face. Whether working on simulated patients together or treating actual ones in one of our clinics, students gain a multidisciplinary perspective on best practices and ethics, enhance each other’s clinical skills and get the chance to make a positive difference in people’s lives.
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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