IPE Experiences

Interprofessional Learning Experiences

Interprofessional learning is an integral component of health sciences education at the University of Minnesota. The 1Health team offers several core interprofessional education (IPE) experiences, and there are many more opportunities to explore!

Use the filters below to learn more about how you can develop your interprofessional collaboration skills by engaging in these IPE opportunities, then just click on the experience names to get more detailed information.

Please note that filtering by your program may yield search results that include IPE experiences that are open to all students, but may not necessarily fit into your course schedule or be approved by your program for participation.

Questions? Contact the 1Health team at [email protected].

1Health Advanced Interprofessional Escape Room & Debriefing Session

This is a learning opportunity that promotes the application of interprofessional skills and competencies required in a clinical practice or community setting. Students utilize a guided observation tool to observe interprofessional teamwork and collaborative care in the practice or community-based setting, which increases their awareness and understanding of how these skills contribute to patient care. Following the training or rotation experience in which collaborative care was observed, students gather to participate in a time-limited escape room activity. They then reflect upon and debrief on the wide variety of experiences they had at different training sites and on their team experiences in the escape room. You can read more about the Phase III-Advanced Interprofessional Escape Room & Debrief Session here

1Health Better Together: Preparing for Collaborative Practice

Better Together is a two-part learning experience that introduces health professional students to foundational concepts of interprofessional education and collaboration. This experience consists of one online module and a 3-hour in-person session that offers students an opportunity to engage with health professionals, experts, and patients to learn how interprofessional collaboration can impact real world health outcomes.

1Health Communication Skills & Beginner Escape Room

The Interprofessional Communication Skills and Beginner Escape Room course is a skill-building experience that combines TeamSTEPPS and IHI modules on effective teamwork and interprofessional communication with hands-on learning activities that provide students with the opportunity to practice communicating as a team using the SBAR (Situation Background Assessment Recommendation) technique. The Escape Room experience gives students an opportunity to practice efficient teamwork and effective communication skills among health professions students by challenging small, interprofessional groups of students to work together to complete a set of puzzles in order to 'escape' the escape room and save the patient in a case scenario.

1Health Community Teacher

Community Teacher is a skill-building experience aimed at providing students with the opportunity to meet with patient volunteers, called 'Community Teachers,' to further develop and refine their interprofessional communication and teamwork skills. Community Teachers provide students with a deeper understanding of the importance of interpersonal and interprofessional skills in combination with their program-specific knowledge so they can work collaboratively in understanding the needs of the patient.

1Health Foundations of Interprofessional Communication & Collaboration (FIPCC)

FIPCC is an introductory-level course designed to orient students from all health professional programs to interprofessional concepts and competencies as they learn with, from and about one another. Learning activities and case studies address the following topics: Teamwork, Roles & Responsibilities, Teamwork & Communication, Teamwork & Leadership, Wellbeing & Resilience for Health Care Professionals, Ethics & Professionalism, and Social Determinants of Health.

Biomedical Ethics Seminar

The Biomedical Ethics Seminar examines issues in bioethics spanning clinical ethics, public health ethics, and research ethics. To fully understand and evaluate these complex issues, it is critical that we consider them from a diversity of perspectives. Hence, we will spend most of our time in class discussion, openly and respectfully listening to and engaging with each other in interdisciplinary/interprofessional conversation.

CLARION Local Case Competition

The CLARION local student case competition engages health professional students in a 360-degree perspective on patient safety in today's health care system and how it might be improved. Student teams, consisting of four students, comprised of at least two disciplines, are given a case and are charged with creating a root cause analysis. The team presents their analysis to a panel of interprofessional judges that evaluates their analysis in the context of real world standards of practice.

COVID-19 Vaccination and Pandemic Planning

The focus of this course is to provide COVID-19 vaccine and pandemic planning knowledge and content to health professional students using the interprofessional education and practice competencies (IPEC) (interprofessional communication, teams and teamwork, roles and responsibilities, and values/ethics) as a framework for course content delivery and activities. Students who complete this course will gain a broader understanding of COVID-19 and its vaccines but not acquire the skills necessary to administer vaccines. 

Ecosystem Health: Leadership at the Intersection of Humans, Animals and the Environment

This class focuses on how theories, methods, and technologies of ecosystem health can solve grand challenges of health at the interface of humans, animals, and the environment by exploring the creation and evaluation of solutions as well as their feasibility and implementation in the real world through policy and real time decision-making. This class is taught in an active learning classroom, involves individual and group work, and culminates in a final video presentation that communicates innovative solutions, discoveries about unknowns, or development of methods useful for ecosystem health challenges.

Essentials of Ambulatory Care Workshop

The Essentials of Ambulatory Care (EAC) is a half-day virtual workshop bringing together trainees in Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Ambulatory Pharmacy, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs to focus on the fundamentals of outpatient care using interprofessional, collaborative teams. The workshop is designed to teach the principles of teamwork, systems thinking, the patient-centered healthcare home, and patient-centered communication. The workshop engages learners in interactive learning including role-play, practicing a team huddle, and small and large group discussions.  

*Please note this learning experience is intended for resident-level learners.