IPE Interprofessional Education

What is Interprofessional Education?

According to the World Health Organization, 2010, “Interprofessional education occurs when two or more professionals learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration to improve health outcomes.” At Oak Point, we offer an opportunity for students from each undergraduate program to participate in an IPE Scholar Program created to give them a marketable advantage post-graduation.

Why do we need Interprofessional Education?

Patient needs are becoming more complex, multi-faceted and challenging so we want to prepare our healthcare students with the skills and necessary attributes for collaborative practice in the real world.

The Interprofessional Scholar Program at Oak Point

The Interprofessional Education (IPE) Scholar Program at Oak Point University is comprised of a series of learning activities. These activities may include online lectures, discussions and other learning materials related to interprofessional education as well as the specialty area the student chooses to focus on. Students participating in the scholar program will be awarded digital badges for each portion of the program they complete, and will be awarded a micro-credential after completion of all six badges.

What are the benefits of the IPE Micro-credential program?
  • Proof for future employers that you have highly valued interprofessional collaborative practice skills
  • Potential to enhance employment opportunities
  • Display your competencies to colleagues and peers
  • Competitive edge in specialty area
  • Increased confidence in specialty area
What skills will I learn in the digital badges of the Micro-credential program?

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the importance of interprofessional education to safety in the healthcare environment
  • Participate in discussion regarding interprofessional dynamics and the four competency domains
  • Reflect on team scenarios and understand the process of team dynamics
  • Recognize and demonstrate understanding of the unique roles and responsibilities of other health professionals
  • Examine the values and ethics required to provide safe patient care
  • Recognize communication patterns in the workplace
  • Collaborate with fellow students in learning with, from and about their professions in a simulated learning environment
What will I earn when I complete the IPE Micro-credential program?
  • Notation on your academic transcript
  • Six digital badges to use on your resume
    1. Outline of Online Modules/Units
    2. Introduction to Interprofessional Education Values and Ethics
    3. Roles and Responsibilities
    4. Communication
    5. Teams and Teamwork
    6. Simulation and Open Labs
How do I complete the IPE Microcredential program?
  • Applications accepted twice per year
  • Check for pre-requisites for your program
  • Complete 5 (five) online badges and 1 simulation badge
  • After all 6 (six) badges are complete, earn your complete micro-credential!

What is a Digital Badge?

A digital badge is a new type of credential that allows you to show specific skills that you have gained through learning experiences. Microbadges will be awarded for each of the six units in the IPE microcredential courses. Learning is conducted via Discussion Boards, TED Talks, and videos. A microcredential will be awarded after the completion of all six badges. For more information about microcredentials and badging, visit the page for our School of Emerging Education. Learners in the IPE Scholar Program will earn the following badges:

  • Introduction to IPE
  • Values and Ethics
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Communication
  • Teams and Teamwork
  • Simulation

For more detailed information about the IPE Scholars Program, including a breakdown of microbadge objectives, check out our program Info Sheet!

For even more information on the Interprofessional Education (IPE) Program or to apply, contact:

Reem Azhari, PhD, RN, Endowed Chair of Interprofessional Education

Director of the School of Emerging Education; Assistant Professor, College of Health Sciences

Phone: 773.235.5520

Email: reem.azhari@oakpoint.edu

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