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26 FALL 2017 delivery," said Schoen Kruse, PhD, F-NAOME, KCU associate dean of Integrated Learning and associate professor of Pharmacology. "e challenge we have today is to teach students that in a team-based patient-centered model, the patient and their family is the primary focus. e health care professional of tomorrow needs to understand the roles that all health care providers play in this integrated environment. We're implementing a model of interprofessional collaboration through classroom and clinical training opportunities in order to respect and appreciate the role of teams in providing health care." Kruse acknowledges that better patient care and outcomes can be a direct outcome of training physicians in IPE, with numerous advantages to working in a seamless team environment. "Instilling IPE helps reame how we think about health," he says. "It represents a broader, more well- rounded education in the health sciences, empowering students to provide better individual patient care and ultimately improve the overall quality of health care for populations." KCU endeavors to develop strong, highly qualified and compassionate health care professionals who are able to establish positive relationships with a care team. Faculty like Kruse are charged with not only putting students om different disciplines into the same classroom, but in getting the students to interact, learn side-by-side, teach one another, and reflect on their experiences and that of patients. "KCU is an exciting place to be as an academic and educator," Kruse says. "Our students are e colloquialism that 'there is no "I" in team' holds especially true when physicians, psychologists and other health care professionals work together to deliver team-based care. Patients and their families can better meet their health goals with a team of supportive health professionals, while clinicians are able to "share the care" and better manage burn-out in the ever-changing care environment. is concept of training students in interprofessional health education (IPE) is a growing priority at KCU. e World Health Organization states that Interprofessional Education (IPE) "occurs when two or more professions (students, residents and health workers) learn with, about, and om each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes." Although the idea that teams and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around for more than 50 years, educating health professionals in these concepts in still catching on. According to the National Center for Interprofessional Education, many clinicians and researchers have experimented with a variety of approaches for educating health professionals to work in teams. IPE is reflected in KCU's new strategic plan, in part because of the school's commitment and dedication to student-focused education and patient-centered care. Considered a critical component in training future health care providers to enter a collaborative workforce1, IPE promotes a team approach among students om varied health care professions. "In the past, when it came to caring for patients, the doctor oen functioned as the central figure in care 26 WINTER 2018

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