On Friday, Oct. 26, the Ivester College of Health Sciences hosted its fourth annual student Interprofessional Education event at the Brenau Downtown Center. The purpose of the event is to educate students about the importance of teamwork in different health care professions. Over 200 students and faculty members attended from the Ivester College of Health Sciences occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing, family nurse practitioner, clinical counseling psychology and applied gerontology programs.
Faculty and students from the Brenau College of Fine Arts & Humanities and the University of Georgia School of Social Work also participated along with health care professionals from the Gainesville community.
During the event, students discussed a case within their interprofessional teams guided by faculty facilitators. The goal was to learn about the various professions and the contributions of each discipline to the patient’s care. New to the event this year, student representatives from each discipline served on a committee to plan an interactive activity. Student teams at each table developed a word cloud representing the meaning of interprofessional practice. The student committee members also served on a panel to answer questions about the morning’s activities and ways to continue developing competencies for interprofessional practice.
This event is an important step for students to gain knowledge and skills for successful collaboration on health care teams.