The mission of the SLU Center for Interprofessional Education and Research is to:
Prepare health professions graduates of Saint Louis University and healthcare providers for interprofessional patient-centered, collaborative practice;
Advance the practice of effective and efficient Interprofessional team-based care to improve individual patient and population health outcomes; and
Advance research and scholarly activity of Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice.
Domains of SLU IPE Programs
The interprofessional education programs prepare graduates for interprofessional patient/client-centered care, effective and efficient delivery of health care services, and advocacy for the improvement of health and health services. Reflective of the mission of Saint Louis University, the CIER established FIVE DOMAINS of SLU-IPE to guide the application of IPE curriculum to the care of individuals, communities, and the health care system.
- Interprofessional Practice: a collaborative, interdependent use of shared expertise directed toward a unified delivery of optimal patient care. This includes understanding the roles, responsibilities, and scope of practice of various health professions, and skills at collaborative decision making and team-based communication.
- Integrated, Patient-centered Care: the development of attitudes and skills that support patient empowerment and inclusion in care planning while demonstrating sensitivity to autonomy, culture, language, literacy, socioeconomic conditions, and patient comfort. Additionally, the integration of evidence based practice, informatics, self-management support, and care coordination to provide the best patient care and health outcomes.
- Wellness: The integration of evidence-based prevention guidelines and development of patient education skills enabling a system change from “sick-care” to wellness and prevention. Students across professions will demonstrate an understanding of an ecological model for determinants of health and program components that support community/population health.
- Patient Safety and Quality Care: The ability to demonstrate personal and systems quality improvement processes and communication skills across professions that lead to reduced errors and adverse outcomes and improved quality of care.
- Social Justice: the ability to recognize one’s responsibility to act for the good of others and apply knowledge and skills in helping the most vulnerable. This includes understanding and working to eliminate health disparities, and developing skills for advocacy, policy change, and community development.
What is unique about IPE at SLU?
Saint Louis University has created a unique interprofessional education setting for students in the health professions. At SLU, interprofessional learning experiences are embedded throughout undergraduate health profession programs leading to a concentration in Interprofessional Practice. Students wishing to further their knowledge and skills may also choose to Minor in Interprofessional Practice. At the post-baccalaureate level, CIER offers the required Interprofessional Team Seminars
and different elective clinical experiences in interprofessional practice.
- The integration and infusion of IPE learning experiences occurs throughout the curricula of each of the health profession programs.
- A systematic sequence of experiential learning components of the program enables students to develop and practice caring attitudes toward individuals and communities.
- Sequential courses apply IPE in the context of: the health care system, individual patient care, population/community health, the health care team, and research on patient care and outcomes.
- Undergraduate students can earn either a Concentration in Interprofessional Practice (IPP) or a Minor in IPP.
- Interprofessional teamwork and collaboration is an integrated component of SLUCare's approach at the clinical practice level.