Interprofessional Service-Learning

Interprofessional Service-Learning Course for Health Science Students

The goal of this proposal is to strengthen the ability of health professional students to work in interprofessional teams, with the ultimate goal of improving patient care. This will be accomplished by transforming the current College of Pharmacy service-learning course into an interprofessional course for health professional students.

The College of Pharmacy, the School of Dentistry, the School of Social Work, and the School of Nursing together propose expansion of the Pharmacy service-learning course to include students from the other health science schools. Specifically, for the first year (2013-2014), the course will be open as an elective to 20 non-pharmacy students, who will join the 40 pharmacy students taking the required course each semester during Fall and Winter terms. In this revised course, students will be placed on interprofessional teams for classroom discussions. They will also be assigned to experiential service sites as interprofessional groups whenever possible. In-class activities will include guest presentations from each of the participating schools as well as team-based discussion of case studies.

Project Team:

Frank J. Ascione, Dean and Professor, College of Pharmacy
Nancy A. Mason, PharmD, Associate Dean for Student Services, College of Pharmacy
Michael Spencer, Associate Dean of Educational Programs, School of Social Work
Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Dentistry
Anica Madeo, Community Engagement Program Manager, College of Pharmacy