Phase I - Orientation and Foundational Knowledge

Phase I of the 1Health interprofessional education curriculum currently consists of two distinct introductory, or foundational interprofessional experiences, both of which are intended to provide health professional students at the University of Minnesota with an opportunity to learn with, from, and about one another.

Phase I Learning Objectives:

  • Roles and Responsibilities: Develop an awareness of the diversity of expertise that underpins effective interprofessional collaborative teams.

  • Interprofessional Communication: Acquire an exposure to the positive and negative experiences of interactions and communication with patients, families, communities, and other health professions and develop an appreciation for their impact.

  • Teams and Teamwork: Establish basic concepts of effective teamwork across professions, given an understanding of the impact of communication.

  • Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice: Explore the emerging concept of interprofessional ethics and professionalism as an underpinning of interprofessional collaborative practice.

Phase I Experiences:

  • FIPCC (Foundations of Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration) is a hybrid course that includes five in-person meetings and one online session during fall semester each year.  More than 1,000 students participate in this course, across the Twin Cities, Duluth, and Rochester campuses.   Students are assigned to interprofessional groups with whom they will engage in rich discussions and learning activities that help demonstrate the importance of effective communication and collaboration in the health care environment. 

  • Better Together: Preparing for Collaborative Practice 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.