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Interprofessional Education

Background

Study Group

Since matriculating its first class in the Fall of 2008, the Jefferson College of Pharmacy has embraced interprofessional education (IPE) and has been an active member of the Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. Beginning their first semester on campus, JCP students participate in required IPE activities.  These activities include students from many other Jefferson programs including couple and family therapy, medical laboratory sciences, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and physician’s assistant.  In addition to the formal IPE activities, students may also participate in numerous co-curricular IPE activities. We also have affiliations with a broad range of clinical practice sites where team-based collaborative care is the standard of practice.  JCP students have the opportunity to observe and practice team-base collaborative care at increasing levels of engagement as they proceed through the four-year Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum.

As a result of its efforts in IPE, JCP faculty have been invited to numerous national meetings to share what it has learned and to showcase its IPE activities. Many JCP student pharmacists have also had the opportunity to present or publish reports of their IPE experiences.  Many prospective student pharmacists have identified our IPE as a reason for selecting Jefferson as their Pharmacy College of choice.  Over the past four years, incoming students for most disciplines identified the ability to work with interprofessional healthcare teams in the top ten reasons for attending Jefferson. 

Required IPE throughout the JCP Curriculum

First and Second Years

  • Participation in the Jefferson Health Mentors program.  This is a two-year longitudinal experience where student teams are paired with a health mentor

Second Year

  • Participation in a root cause analysis activity with nursing students.

Third Year

  • Participation in an end of life symposium with students from couples and family therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy.
  • Participation in TeamSTEPPS training with students from medicine, nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy.

Other IPE Student Opportunities throughout the JCP Curriculum

  • Scholarly activity surrounding IPE with students and faculty from other disciplines.
  • Participation in many of the numerous interprofessional student organizations focused on a variety of patient care issues. 
    • Activities developed and arranged by the Student Chapter of the Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education.  Examples include No One Dies Alone and JeffCHAT .

Scholarly Activity Related to IPE   - JCP is well-recognized among schools and colleges of pharmacy for our innovative and comprehensive approach to IPE. JCP faculty and student pharmacists have shared their experiences through presentations at regional, national and international meetings and publications in prestigious journals. Click here to see the complete list of peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and presentations.

IPE-Related Awards & Accomplishments

  • 2011 - Elena M. Umland, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs - Recipient of the 2011 Thomas Jefferson University James B. Erdmann, PhD Award for Excellence in Interprofessional Education
  • 2014 - Emily Hajjar, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice - Recipient of the 2013 Thomas Jefferson University James B. Erdmann, PhD Award for Excellence in Interprofessional Education
  • 2015 - Edwin Lim, Class of 2015 – Recipient of the inaugural 2015 James B. Erdmann, PhD Student Award for Excellence in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice at Thomas Jefferson University
  • 2016 - Amanda Gibson, Class of 2016 - Recipient of the 2016 James B. Erdmann, PhD Student Award for Excellence in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice at Thomas Jefferson University
  • 2017 - Deirdre Yarsosh, Class of 2017 - Recipient of the 2017 James B. Erdmann, PhD Student Award for Excellence in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice at Thomas Jefferson University
  • 2017 - Amber King, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice - Recipient of the 2017 Thomas Jefferson University James B. Erdmann, PhD Award for Excellence in Interprofessional Education