School for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (IPE)

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IPE Program Curriculum

Interprofessional Patient Care

Interprofessional Aprroach to Patient Care (IPE) is a semester long module that has been designed to provide a variety of interprofessional learning activities and educational experiences. Students are assigned to interprofessional teams and have the opportunity to collaborate with students from other health care professions.

Interactive interprofessional sessions including clinical skills training, small group (team) work, interprofessional simulations in the Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center, standardized patient interviews, and interprofessional case- based scenarios and discussions.


Topics Covered
  • Team formation 
  • Vital Signs
  • Roles & Responsibilities
  • Interviewing & Interprofessional Communication
  • Interprofessional Care Planning
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Patient Safety 

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Fall Semester Sessions

Vital Signs:

Student work in their small IP teams to learn and practice taking BP, pulse ox, temperature, and calculating BMI. This activity ends with a team competition on medical simulators. This session is placed early in the program to start the team building process amongst students.

Roles & Responsibilities:

In order to work together we first must have an understanding of what each profession does. During the Roles & Responsibilities session student present to their IP team on their profession and their role in patient care. Patient scenarios are used for student to apply their knowledge of the different professions.

Patient Interviewing:

Utilizing standardized patients, this sessions gives students to opportunity to interview a patient in a team setting. In addition to practicing interviewing skills, students also get a chance to see interviewing approaches of other professions.

IP Care Planning:

Building upon the patient interviewing session, this session has students interviewing a standardized patient, develop a care plan with other members of their team, and present their care plan to the patient. This session utilizes TeamStepps as teams practice transfer of care.

Patient Safety:

One of the highest rated sessions in the program, this hands-on session focus on patient safety hazards in which students rotate through different environments (ED, ambulatory pediatric, hospital/critical care, and home) in small IP teams to identify potential patient safety hazards. In addition, during this session, student rotate through a naloxone training, and larger group presentation covering patient safety statistics, including UT Medical Center safety data, and the Lewis Blackman video.


Spring Semester Sessions

Interprofessional Simulations:

Student work in an Interprofessional team to participate in a simulation with a high-fidelity simulator. Example cases include a patient with a breathing problem, heart problems, or injuries from an accident. In addition to managing a case, students also observe and critique a case of their peers. Scenarios are designed to promote Interprofessional communication and teamwork.

Cost of Poverty Experience:

In partnership with ThinkTank, the Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) gives students a glimpse of what life is like for families living in poverty.  COPE provides stories of real families living in poverty and the role the community plays in their daily lives. COPE is used to provide students insight on the social determinants of health.

For more information on COPE: https://www.thinktank-inc.org/services

Human Trafficking:

Human trafficking is a rising concern in the Midwest and across the country. In collaboration with UT’s Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute this hybrid session includes a simulation and didactic on how health care workers can identify human trafficking and what resources are available to victims.   For more information on the Human Trafficking & Social Justice Institute visit http://www.utoledo.edu/hhs/htsji/

Naloxone Training:

Toledo is #10 in the nation for drug overdoses. This hands on session uses real-life scenarios to teach students how to administer Naloxone to reverse a drug overdose and help save lives. Students also learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of drug withdrawal and how to properly assess the patient before naloxone administration. Our naloxone training is offered in partnership with the Lucas County Health Department.

Impede the Bleed:

As man-made and natural mass causality incidents proliferate in frequency and magnitude, the hemorrhagic trauma associated with these events can result in death in a matter of minutes. Based on current disaster and trauma guidelines, this session will provide the learner with the basic tools and skills to stop uncontrolled bleeding. This elective is appropriate for all professions, as it will focus on preparing everyone to be to assist in a disaster no matter what their background. This elective utilizes didactive and simulation- based education under the direction of an Interprofessional faculty.

Interprofessional Conferences:

Interprofessional conferences offer students a glimpse of a real life Interprofessional team and witness how the team manages the care of patients.

IP Escape Room:

A physical adventure session in which students solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand within a set time limit. This puzzle is designed to promote IP team work and communication.

Health Behavior Change Module:

Students gain foundational knowledge and a working framework of motivational interviewing principles and skills by completing an online module that spans four weeks. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence- based approach used when communicating and interacting with patients to facilitate health behavior change. This module utilizes online cases and prompts to facilitate IP discussions.  

Last Updated: 9/4/18