On August 27th, the first, large-scale for-credit course launched at VCU. Foundations of Interprofessional Practice, or IPEC 501, will enroll about 500 students from all five health science schools. The course, led by Sharon Lanning from the School of Dentistry, also includes faculty from all of the health science schools.
Because of the course’s size, the initial class session was held concurrently across two large auditoriums at the University. For most of the rest of the course, the students will work in interprofessional teams of about six students and be guided by a specific faculty member. Through the course, the students will work together and learn from each other about the roles and responsibilities of different professions, principles that guide effective teams, and the interaction between teams and the broader healthcare system.