What is Interprofessional Education at USC?          

Health science students at the University of South Carolina have many exciting opportunities to interact, engage and learn about and with their colleagues in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, public health, social work, and speech language pathology in the classroom and community. Aligned with the care team model of most medical settings that is proven to improve patient outcomes, these programs allow students the opportunity to work in teams and address the multifaceted challenges in providing optimal patient care in the dynamic healthcare arena.

The mission of USC Interprofessional Education for the Health Sciences is to be leaders in preparing health professionals skilled in effective interprofessional practice through synergistic educational and experiential activities that enhance the interprofessional learning of students in the health sciences at the University of South Carolina to improve the health and quality of care for the diverse populations we serve through the following goals:

  • Graduate excellent interdisciplinary health practitioners: the USC Interprofessional Education committee aims to graduate health professionals capable and competent to enter any health care system and communicate and work with other health professionals to improve the outcomes for patients and/or patient populations.
  • Increase health sciences program enrollment
    Become a model of interprofessional innovation in education
  • Obtain external funding for interprofessional education and research
  • Provide meaningful community engagement and service opportunities

 Interprofessional opportunities are delivered across the student’s educational experience – including didactic and practice based learning, community engagement, and co-curricular activities. The USC initiative aims to fulfill the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education-resources/ipecreport.pdf) and began in Fall 2011 with the support of Provost Amiridis and the Health Science Deans.



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