Interprofessional Prevention Education

IPE: Interprofessional Prevention Education


Interprofessional education prepares health professional students to work and communicate effectively in teams, and will potentiate quality and safety in their future work. The overarching goal is to introduce medical, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and physician assistant professional students to HIV case management. A patient safety-centered curriculum will be developed by the interprofessional faculty at the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Allied Health at UTHSCSA, the regional campus of the UT Austin College of Pharmacy, the regional campus of UT Houston School of Public Health and the School of Social Work at UTSA. At the end of the course, students will be familiar with issues of: patient safety, health literacy, medication reconciliation, and interprofessional teamwork in HIV care. Course format:

Element l: Didactic lectures on Blackboard covering patient safety, health literacy, medication reconciliation, treatment guidelines, interprofessional roles and responsibilities, community needs assessments and social support networks.

Element ll: Clinic experience: Students interact in the University Health Clinic Downtown HIV/AIDS clinic (Family Focused AIDS Care and Treatment Services [FFACTS Clinic] setting with a broad spectrum of healthcare providers, focusing on management of specific patients. Students perform medication reconciliation with healthcare provider and attend interprofessional team meetins.

Element lll: Community-based service learning project working with HIV/AIDS clinic community outreach workers. Four agencies are assigned: FFACTS, SAAF, BEATIDS, and AARC. Interdisciplinary student implement a brief community needs assessment and develop and implement a community service learning activity focused on health prevention and health promotion.

Element lV: Group Case Analysis Students analyze an HIV Management case and implementation of the community service learning project with other health professional students, highlighting interprofessional roles.

Element V: Self-reflective exercise on Blackboard to reflect on the experience of working within an interdisciplinary team

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Course Information:

Courses on Interprofessional Education can be accessed via Blackboard.