Skip to Main Content

Preparing students to become successful, effective providers.

As leaders in Interprofessional education, RFU—along with our faculty and graduates—is setting the standard for the future of healthcare. We’re committed to Interprofessional education because research shows that the best patient care is rooted in healthcare teams and their ability to work together and communicate effectively.

For our students, that means learning as members of Interprofessional teams in state-of-the-art classrooms and simulation labs designed for interdisciplinary collaboration. Beyond campus, a variety of opportunities in Service Learning and Interprofessional-focused student organizations encourage students to put into practice what they’re learning. (According to the World Health Organization, “Interprofessional education occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.”)*

The Educational goals of the Institute are to identify, develop, manage and evaluate Interprofessional education activities at the University in these ways:

  • Educate clinical partners
  • Offer second year interprofessional didactic courses and experiences
  • Provide curriculum and course design services for IP educational activities
  • Develop tools to help faculty incorporate and teach IP competencies in their curricula
  • Integrate the IPEC Interprofessional Core Competencies throughout the each curriculum
  • Establish and manage interprofessional clinical sites
  • Implement strategies to integrate IP activities at all clinical sites
  • Increase faculty participation in IP clinical sessions at the University
  • Ensure RFUMS organizational units, community partners and other constituents (partner healthcare organizations) are educated about interprofessional education
  • Offer ongoing IP faculty development activities (i.e. provide assistance to faculty member to teach interprofessional concepts)
  • Serve as a national resource for IP education

A history of teamwork-focused education.

While many universities focused on health professions and sciences are now talking about Interprofessional education, RFU has a history in this approach, dating back long before the term Interprofessionalism was coined.

*World Health Organization (WHO). (2010). Framework for action on interprofessional education & collaborative practice. Geneva: World Health Organization.