With the campus buzzing with both newly-arrived students and returning friends, the interprofessional programs have already kicked into high gear. IPEC 501 started last week with over 510 students from 7 programs and simulation-based experiences began last week as well. Community-based experiences never really took a break at all.
Meanwhile, VCU programs have been receiving a lot of attention nationally. Center Director Alan Dow published a perspective on interprofessional education as a foundation for health care training. A faculty team published the local and national results from student experiences working with complex patients in the community. And, another faculty team published about the impact of simulation-based programs. These are just a few of the recent accomplishments of our faculty in interprofessional program.
But, the unit of success is not faculty accomplishments — it’s impact on our community through direct programs and through the training of future healthcare practitioners focused on the needs of the community. The enthusiasm of campus full of students is palpable and both inspiring and powerful. Imagine what we can accomplish collectively.