Interprofessional Education: What does it mean to us?
Having 15 graduate health professions and science programs on one campus creates unique opportunities. Healthcare teams are the future of healthcare. At RFUMS we prepare our students by integrating collaboration and teamwork into our education. Our students learn from, with, and about each other and their professions. Working as part of a healthcare team is part of each of our student’s future. We have purposefully cultivated our curriculum to ensure our students are able to succeed and lead the healthcare teams of tomorrow.
In the Classroom:
Each first year student takes the Interprofessional Teams and Culture in Healthcare course during the fall quarter. This course brings students from all programs together to learn from one another, get oriented to the culture of healthcare and to begin to interact in small interprofessional teams. Healthcare today centers around a team and this course emphasizes the importance of each member of that team. We teach that the patient is not only at the center of the model of care but in they are also an active member of that team. Through positive patient interaction and communication with the entire team and diligent teamwork our students know that patient outcomes improve. The interprofessional teams course acts as the foundation for an integrated interprofessional education experience.
During their didactic training, our students sharpen their patient interaction, critical reasoning and communication skills in our Simulation Labs. Students from a variety of programs enter into the clinical setting prepared for patient interaction from a solid foundation. In community based clinical education, our students experience a diverse array of clinical environments and working paradigms. By including inner city hospitals focused toward the underserved, the Federal Health System serving our veterans and private clinics and practice settings, we help our students to prepare for their next steps as professionals.
At Rosalind Franklin University, students engage. From study groups to student organizations to intramural sports, students learn to value a caring and respectful community as they work toward collective and personal goals.
North Chicago is about 35 miles north of downtown Chicago and 45 miles south of Milwaukee. This location has it all – we’re close enough to downtown to provide urban hospitals, close enough to rural communities to give our students rural clinical sites and right in the middle of the suburbs with access to diverse cultural opportunities, plenty of green space with options for student seeking any type of activity. Our students get to see not only a variety of specialties, but also a variety of patient populations throughout their clinical education. They are prepared for wherever they’d like to practice after graduation.
Studying, research, and clinical experiences take up a great deal of our students’ days and nights, but when it comes to downtime, Rosalind Franklin University students can get very creative. Can’t decide between our 85+ student organizations, even though there is everything from specialty interest groups to culture clubs? Start your own. Our students do it all the time. There are more than 20 service organizations on campus that are helping out in town, across the country, and around the world. Students also control and run multiple free clinics, entertainment/variety shows, and charity galas. You can climb, run, dance and more as a part of the recreational opportunities offered by Student Life. Make new friends, learn a new workout, take the stage, or head out to the soccer field to shake off some of the academic load.
Achieving the perfect balance between the academic commitments and numerous opportunities at Rosalind Franklin University is as easy as it is natural, a valuable lesson that serves our students well for years to come in their professions.