Interprofessional Teams, Culture and Service Learning – An Interprofessional 1st Year Experience for Students at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Des Moines, IA US
January 26, 2012

While not a new concept, Interprofessional Education (IPE) has generated considerable interest in the past several years. IPE involves more than simply having students from various programs taking common classes together. An IPE curriculum is designed to promote an understanding, appreciation and application of the roles, talents and responsibilities of the members of the health care team. The Winter IAMSE webcast seminar series brings together a collection of the leaders and programs that have implemented successful IPE activities. This series will begin with an overview of IPE and how it has grown over the years followed by a perspective on what is involved in developing a successful program. Specific sessions will include: An IPE course incorporating a community-based service learning project, an IPE Honors Colloquium, clinical clerkship IPE experiences, a comprehensive curricular design and a set of IPE activities including the requisite faculty development to make it all happen.

Webinar Description

They will detail the logistics of student enrollment in this course, describe how students are divided into interprofessional teams, how they use small group discussion to achieve the purpose of the course which is to help prepare the health care professional student to provide effective patient-centered health care through small group discussion and problem solving activities. They will also discuss barriers and challenges to creating a successful course like ours.

In this session they will discuss the Interprofessional (IP) Teams and Culture in Health Care course at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. The course introduces students to the concept of interprofessional teams, the influence of culture in health care, and the importance of service learning.

They will discuss the topics included in the course which are: team interaction; communication; service learning; information literacy; quality improvement; healthcare professions,; diversity in society; the impact of culture, ethnicity and religion on communication and the provision of services; disparities in the healthcare delivery system; and awareness of the impact of a provider’s own wellness and illness beliefs on the decisions he/she makes for patients.

They will then describe how our interprofessional teams of students develop and participate in significant community need based service learning projects. The purpose of our service project is to promote Prevention Education in the areas of Physical Fitness, Preventive Screening, Nutrition, and Making Healthy Choices. After completing their projects students create a poster, participate in reflection, and celebrate their achievement with community partners and our university at large.

Target Audience

DMU faculty and staff. 


  • Susan K. Tappert, PT, DPT
    Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Interprofessional Healthcare Studies in The College of Health Professions at Rosalind Franklin University
  • Diane R. Bridges, MSN, RN, CCMMSN, RN, CCM
    Director of the Healthcare Administration and Management Program and Assistant
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
01/26/2012 - 11:00am CST
Event ends: 
01/26/2012 - 12:00pm CST
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
SEC 115
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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