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Assessment and Interprofessionalism

The interprofessional (IP) healthcare education model is mission-driven and an area of distinction at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS). Interprofessional education is to “learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.” (World Health Organization, 2010). Students at RFUMS learn to treat patients holistically with respect while valuing the contribution that each role brings to the interprofessional health care team.

The IP healthcare education model also interfaces well with the Triple Aim of Healthcare (Institute for Healthcare Improvement, 2007); a framework comprised of the following dimensions.

  • Improving the patient experience;
  • Improving the health of populations; and
  • Reducing the per capita cost of healthcare.

At RFUMS, students in all programs of study will demonstrate the knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes found in the four competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPEC, 2016):

  • Values and ethics for interprofessional practice
  • Roles and responsibilities for collaborative practice
  • Interprofessional communication practices
  • Interprofessional teamwork and team-based practice

Faculty in the academic programs have adapted and mapped the IPEC competencies across each program of study. They use a variety of assessment methods for determining student learning and integration of the four competencies.