Interprofessional Education

The FCOP is dedicated towards our mission to “advance public health and wellness in East Texas.”  As a part of these efforts, the College is working with other health science schools/colleges at UT Tyler in order to develop a full curriculum that involves interprofessional education efforts with other health profession students.  These collaborative endeavors are necessary in order to prepare our graduates for current healthcare environments while also providing them tools that will assist with personal maturation as medicine continues to evolve.

Because interprofessional collaboration and engagement are imperative competencies in health care, students will be exposed to various interprofessional experiences that will focus on the four Interprofessional Education Collaboration ( competency domains:

  1. Values and ethics for interprofessional practice: Work with individuals of other professions to maintain a climate of mutual respect and shared values.
  2. Roles/responsibilities: Use the knowledge of one’s own role and those of other professions to appropriately assess and address the health care needs of patients and to promote and advance the health of populations.
  3. Interprofessional communication: Communicate with patients, families, communities, and professionals in health and other fields in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a team approach to the promotion and maintenance of health and the prevention and treatment of disease.
  4. Teams and teamwork: Apply relationship-building values and principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different team roles to plan, deliver, and evaluate patient/population-centered care and population health programs and policies that are safe, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable.

Our framework will utilize these competencies in addition to additional approaches that focus on strategic growth as with work through the curriculum from exposure, to immersion and integration, and finally, to practice.