Vision, Mission, and Goals
Professions Involved in The Center for Interprofessional Education and Research (CIER)
The breadth of health professions training programs and faculty expertise uniquely positions SLU for sustainable integration of the proposed curriculum. Health professions degree programs offered at SLU include Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, Health Care Administration, Athletic Training, Clinical Laboratory Science, Cytotechnology, Health Informatics and Information Management, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Radiation Therapy and Communication Disorders. The St. Louis College of Pharmacy, located just 15 minutes from the SLU campus, also participates in the new IPE program.
The mission of the IPE Program is to prepare health profession graduates of Saint Louis University for interprofessional patient and client centered care, effective and efficient delivery of health care services, and advocacy of the improvement of health and health services.
Dimensions of IPE
Reflective of the mission of Saint Louis University the IPE program engages students in dimensions that contribute to the development of health professionals who are prepared to improve the delivery of health care services that will improve health outcomes of patients, families, and communities.
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 communication 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 as outlined in a Patient Centered Medical Home.
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. Additionally, 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 a reduced risk and improved quality of care.
Social Justice: 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
The SLU program is innovative and unique in multiple ways.
1) The integration and infusion of IPE learning experiences occurs throughout the curricula of each of the health profession programs.
2) A systematic sequence of experiential learning components of the program enables students to develop and practice caring attitudes toward individuals and communities.
3) Content about how health care systems and policy impact the delivery of care.
4) There are regular Interprofessional Grand Round sessions in which the health conditions of individuals are examined in light of medical and social contexts.
5) There is an integrated interprofessional practicum which is community-based and provide experience in working with communities to address health concerns of a specified population.
6) Certificate in Interprofessional Practice is awarded after satisfactory completion of the IPE Program.