Through its 1Health initiative, University of Minnesota is preparing students in dentistry, lab science, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, public health, veterinary medicine and other related programs, such as social work, to develop the skills needed for success in interprofessional collaborative practice. 1Health challenges students throughout their academic careers to understand and value the importance of teamwork, communication and collaborative care as they grow into their roles as health professionals. This is all done under the guidance of our interprofessional 1Health Team.
Phase I - Orientation: The Foundations of Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration (FIPCC) course provides over 1000 students across the Academic Health Center (AHC) with an introduction to interprofessional education concepts and teamwork skills (Link to Phase 1 on our 1Health Website)
Phase II - Necessary Skills: This prepares students for rotations in the practice setting by providing them with additional skills and experiences. Students learn communication through TeamSTEPPS modules and quality improvement skills via IHI Open School Modules. Additionally, small teams of students from medicine, nursing and pharmacy are partnered with a Community Teacher who is excited to share his or her experiences with the health care system. (Link to Community Teacher Program on 1Health Website)
Phase III - Expertise in Practice: This phase incorporates real-world learning through authentic experiences and builds on students’ knowledge and ability to contribute to team-based care. This includes an observation and reflection activity paired with an interprofessional debriefing session and interprofessional teams taking care of patients in a health setting. (Link to Phase III on our 1Health Website)
We also provide a wealth of interprofessional events and activities for students and faculty (Link)