College of Health Sciences

College of Health Sciences Interprofessional Education

Arcadia University's College of Health Sciences Interprofessional Education (IPE) aspires to have our students practice collaboratively to provide safe, cost-effective and efficient patient-centered care. The overall program goals are derived from the Interprofessional Education Collaborative Core Competencies.

Interprofessional Education at Arcadia

"Having the opportunity to work as part of a team with students from different health professions has been a great way for me to be able to learn what other health professions have to offer and to be able to begin to practice teaching other students what I know. I have also really enjoyed being able to step back and gain some perspective about how the health professions interact to provide the best possible care for the patients we serve."

- Caroline'19

Sample Experiences

Actors are hired as "Standardized Patients" (SP) to portray the patient, giving student groups the opportunity to interview and learn. 

Simulations

Actors are hired as "Standardized Patients" (SP) to portray the patient, giving student groups the opportunity to interview and learn. 

Groups discuss cases together, focusing on the expertise of of each profession to optimize patient care and outcomes.

Shared Learning/Case Discussion

Groups discuss cases together, focusing on the expertise of of each profession to optimize patient care and outcomes.

Opportunities beyond the classroom encourage students to build their networks and prepare them for their role in their prospective fields.

Field Experiences

Opportunities beyond the classroom encourage students to build their networks and prepare them for their role in their prospective fields.

Four Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice

1. Values/Ethics for Interpersonal Practice
Work with individuals of other professions to maintain a climate of mutual respect.
2. Roles/Responsibilities 
Use the knowledge of ones own role and those of other professions to appropriately assess and address the healthcare needs of patients and to promote and advance the health of the populations.
3. Interpersonal Communication
Communicate with patients, families, communities, and other fields in responsive and responsible manner that supports a team approach to the maintenance of health and thr prevention of disease.
4. Teams and Teamwork
Apply relationship-buildingvalues and principles of teamdynamics to perform effectively in different team roles to plan, deliver, and evaluate  patient/population-centered care and population health programs and policies that are safe , timely, efficient, effective, and equitable.

Source: Interprofessional Education Collaborative

Meet Our IPE Team

Laura J. Conway

Associate Professor / Associate Director

Genetic Counseling

Becky Craik

Dean

Dean of the College of Health Sciences

Katie DiSantis

Associate Professor

Public Health

Amy H. Miller

Associate Professor

Entry Level Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

Karen L. Sawyer

Assistant Professor

Director of Experiential Learning DPT program

Amanda L. Seymour

Assistant Professor / Academic Coordinator

Medical Sciences

Kim Erikson

Assistant Professor / Clinical Coordinator