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Students Get Hands On Interprofessional Education Experience

Written by Nicole Carrera
Published on April 22, 2020

IPE ParticipantsUSciences pharmacy and occupational therapy students, in addition to Villanova nursing students, participated in an interprofessional education (IPE) activity in order to get hands on experience in providing healthcare to members of the LGBTQ community. 

Jennifer Smith, PharmD, assistant professor of clinical pharmacy,  shares that the objective of the activity is to maintain a mutual respect and shared values among healthcare students, to use personal and professional knowledge to appropriately address the needs of LGBTQ patients, and to enhance communication with patients to effectively care for LGBTQ patients. 

Students typically have the opportunity to participate in multiple IPE activities by the time they reach graduation, and their participation allows them to get experience working with patients from diverse backgrounds. 

Kayla Ojeda PharmD’20 who participated in the event shares that activities like this expose students to the reality of patient interactions. “[Students] are able to get out all the awkward wordings and possible questions they might have before they’re thrown into these interactions with real patients,” Ojeda explains. 

USciences healthcare students collaborate within the university and with external partners in IPE events, which focus on different groups of people. While some are one-time activities, others are recurring and give students the chance for extended learning opportunities. 

Another participant, Krishna Patel PharmD’20, believes that all majors can benefit from participating in IPE activities, and that having students from multiple majors allows for more learning and discussion. Patel shares, “It was good to hear the cross functional collaboration that occurred between students of different majors.”

Categories:  Philadelphia College of PharmacySamson College of Health SciencesInterprofessional EducationStudentsDepartment of Occupational TherapyDepartment of Pharmacy Practice and AdministrationOccupational TherapyPharmacy