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Inter-professional Education

Inter-professional education (IPE) is a collaborative learning experience including students and educators from multiple health professions. Through IPE, students develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary to become effective members of the health care team. Here at High Point University’s Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy, we are dedicated to incorporating IPE throughout our curriculum to ensure that our students are prepared to deliver excellent patient care in today’s multidisciplinary health care settings.

Our IPE plan incorporates four basic steps: exposure, immersion, experience, and competence.


From the very beginning of our curriculum, students are exposed to a variety of health care fields through guest lectures and interactive laboratory exercises. They learn from other health care providers about their respective fields and how these disciplines relate to pharmacy practice.


As students advance through the program, they are immersed in collaborative healthcare environments, both live and simulated, where they develop key inter-professional skills. Simulations include standardized client cases and laboratory courses that involve multiple health care providers. During their introductory community and hospital pharmacy rotations, students practice their inter-professional sills in real world health care settings.


By the third year of our program, students are well prepared to participate in and contribute to inter-professional workshops hosted by Triad IHEC (Inter-professional Health Education Center). Triad IHEC is a collaborative effort involving multiple professional schools from different institutions in the area, including High Point University, NC A&T, and UNC Greensboro. Here our students work and learn alongside students from various health care programs.


Students spend their final year of the program learning, practicing, and exhibiting their inter-professional competencies during the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE). These practical experiences allow students to utilize and polish their inter-professional knowledge, skills, and behaviors before graduation.


Triad Inter-professional Health Education Center (Triad IHEC)

At the inception of the Health Sciences program at High Point University in 2015, the Triad IHEC was formed between the UNCG Schools of Nursing and Social Work, NC A & T Schools of Nursing and Social Work, and HPU Schools of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The Triad IHEC brings together students from multiple health professions and universities across the Triad for a series of 4-hour inter-professional workshops where students work in inter-professional teams to complete assignments, including patient cases. The objectives for each workshop in the series are outlined below.


The TRIAD IHEC Program
Workshop 1:  

Introduction to IPE (“I”)


Workshop 2:  

Practice Opportunities (“P”)


Workshop 3:  

Experience Components (“E”)


· Describe what IPE is

· Discuss why IPE is important

· Demonstrate an awareness of the role of other disciplines on the healthcare team

· Initiate new professional relationships with other members of the healthcare team


· Describe impact of ineffective IP communication and team work on patient outcomes

· Describe principles of effective IP communication

· Describe barriers to effective IP communication

· Describe strategies to improve IP communication

· Articulate the value and importance of the IP team

· Demonstrate beginning level team skills

· Explain key elements of various healthcare team members.




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Dr. Green and Dr. Ragan present at the 2016 Triad Inter-professional Health Education Summit held in conjunction with the HPU Congdon School of Health Sciences, the UNCG School of Nursing and School of Health and Human Sciences, and the NCA&T College of Health and Human Sciences.