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C O L L A B O R AT I O N , C O M M U N I C AT I O N & C A R E KCU'S INTERPROFESSIONAL EDUCATION FOCUS WITH CLASSROOM-TO-CLINICAL EXPERIENCES IS DESIGNED FOR TEAM-BASED LEARNING by Kimberly Winter Stern and Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH motivated, the cream of the crop, and we're harnessing their excitement and enthusiasm to work together, equipping them with tools and resources to help them become clinicians who can make a difference in health care." KCU's focus on IPE extends beyond the College of Osteopathic Medicine; the College of Biosciences also recognizes the importance of IPE, especially with the launch of the new PsyD program in the University's College of Biosciences. e only program of its kind in Kansas and Missouri, KCU's Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program is a five-year, practice-oriented program that exposes students to a broad base of discipline- specific knowledge and trains them in profession- wide competencies set by the American Psychological Association. Psychology is founded in the scientific principles of human behavior and IPE is a significant part of their training. Robynne M. Lute, MS, PsyD, assistant professor and the director of training for the PsyD program at KCU, comes om a background steeped in IPE. A proponent of convening students om different health professions to meet the diverse demands of their respective fields through discovery, exploration and interaction, she applauds the efforts of KCU President and CEO Marc B. Hahn, DO, and other university visionaries to champion IPE and help students assimilate core knowledge and skills into experiential learning. "IPE has been around for a long time, and it's now a trend industry-wide to integrate health care," Lute says. "If we're training students to be leaders in team based care, they can be a part of fixing the current agmented health care delivery system in the marketplace. IPE will benefit KCU students by preparing them to work in collaborative, combined practice. By training COM and PsyD students together, we're embracing the strategic mission of KCU to improve the well-being of the communities we serve, especially when patients and families have complex needs that are better met by a team of health professionals." Lute admits that IPE involves a paradigm shi but stresses the importance and long-term value that the University will realize for students as the philosophy of IPE is embraced. "Patient-centered care is a core principle of IPE," Lute says. "IPE requires scientific and outcome-based training to ensure students across disciplines understand their roles on the healthcare team and can demonstrate the effectiveness of what they're doing. e World Health Organization over many years has stressed how effective IPE can be – extraordinary things occur when students om two or more professions learn om each other." Lute notes the research suggests that team care will simultaneously reduce health workforce crises, grant individuals easier access to health care and improve continuity of care. "And, importantly, medical errors are reduced and patient safety increases when you work as a team," Lute says. e key, is to ensure that every member of the team understands their respective role, is trained how to work together and clearly communicate, and keeps the needs of the patient and family at the foreont. 1 Shannon SC. Reevaluating Osteopathic Medical Education for the 21st Century and Beyond. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2014;114(4):228-230. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2014.046. A KCU student doctor and a dental student om the University of Msouri, Kans City partner to treat a young patient during a "Score 1" screening.

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