A complete health care education involves more than just patient treatment skills. Knowing how to effectively collaborate with other health-care professionals is a key part of ensuring patient safety and quality of care.
Interprofessional education (IPE) allows Health and Life Sciences students to actively work with their peers in NAIT’s other medical programs, as well as other schools, giving them early experience in team-based health care and the opportunity to learn from other professions.
Benefits of IPE
IPE improves patient care by improving:
- understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to work collaboratively
- communication skills
- delivery of services
It also provides a fun and rich learning experience for students.
IPE at NAIT
The School of Health and Life Sciences is working to integrate IPE into existing courses that teach collaboration and teamwork.The SoTL-funded project that engaged Diagnostic Medical Sonography students at NAIT and Radiology residents from the University of Alberta in an interprofessiosnal simulation recently concluded and Martie Grant has completed her paper on the project.
NAIT is also a part of the Interdisciplinary Health Education Partnership Project (IHEP), which includes participants from:
- the University of Alberta
- Grant MacEwan University
- NorQuest College
- Alberta Health Services
IHEP involves 3 interdisciplinary simulation experiences. These include desktop simulation (through Second Life), mannequin-based simulation and standardized patients. Learn more about the types of simulation.
The IHEP project is an extra-curricular program that allows students to sign up for the simulations they’re interested in. After each exercise, participants are debriefed by instructors from different health professions. Students involved in IHEP simulations are from a variety of programs, including:
- health care aide
- occupational therapy
- physical therapy
- respiratory therapy
- social work
- therapist assistant
NAIT will also be hosting faculty development workshops as part of the project.