The Exposure Phase provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities of different health professions, opportunities for interprofessional collaboration, and an introduction to interprofessional communication strategies used to promote effective teamwork.
Students learn with, from, and about each other, which by definition is interprofessional education (IPE) (WHO, 2010). This phase is primarily offered in the online environment, allowing health and social care students and faculty to connect across the state and interact with professions that might not be available on their campus location.
This activity begins with students preparing individually by reviewing key information before meeting synchronously with fellow health and social care learners and faculty. This module is expected to last a total of 90-120 minutes, with the individual work and team huddle each taking ~45-60 minutes.
The Immersion Phase offers immersive experiences that allow learners to apply knowledge and skills in interactive sessions with simulated or real patients. Programs can choose from a series of flexible menu options targeting the participating professions' typical practice patterns and collaborations.
The Entry-to-Practice Phase places students in real-world collaborative experiences. It capitalizes on existing clinical/experiential rotations, community-based experiences, or other capstone activities that provide learners the opportunity to integrate into practice-based collaborative settings. Learners have the opportunity to be assessed and receive feedback on the application of collaborative skills in real-world interprofessional environments.
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