According to the World Health Organization, interprofessional education occurs when students from two or more professions work together to improve health outcomes. It is a necessary step in preparing a collaborative, practice-ready health workforce that responds to local health needs.
The Office of Interprofessional Collaborative Education and Teamwork (ICE-T) at Penn State College of Medicine works with local partners from a variety of health disciplines to develop, implement and coordinate interprofessional education for learners. By educating learners about the principles of interprofessional education and providing opportunities for practice, ICE-T transforms the way future providers will deliver collaborative care.
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About the Office of Interprofessional Collaborative Education and Teamwork (ICE-T)
The mission of the Office of Interprofessional Collaborative Education and Teamwork at Penn State College of Medicine is to prepare health professional graduates to provide care by working across disciplines and with patients to acknowledge and respect the values and roles of all team members; emphasize effective communication; and employ team-based principles to deliver patient- and population-centered care that is safe, efficient, effective and equitable.
Students must demonstrate the ability to engage in an interprofessional team in a manner that optimizes safe, effective patient- and population-centered care:
- Apply principles of team dynamics, including shared knowledge and goals and mutual respect in interactions with other health professionals, patients and families.
- Enhance healthcare by using knowledge of roles and responsibilities.
- Communicate effectively with interprofessional teams.
The success of the events of the Office of Interprofessional Collaborative Education and Teamwork at Penn State College of Medicine is dependent upon the contributions of many partners at other Central Pennsylvania colleges.
Appalachian College of Pharmacy
Lancaster Bible College
Lebanon Valley College
Harrisburg Area Community College
The Office of Interprofessional Collaborative Education and Teamwork (ICE-T) at Penn State College of Medicine offers a variety of interprofessional education events throughout the year.
The Office of Interprofessional Collaborative Education and Teamwork hosts one or more nationally recognized experts in interprofessional education/practice each year. These guests provide a lecture and workshop.
Interprofessional Student Organization (IPSO)
The Interprofessional Student Organization oversees two initiatives at the Hershey Plaza Apartments, an apartment community for residents 62 and older, handicapped or disabled, in downtown Hershey.
IPSO Monthly Health Fairs
Students from medicine, nursing, physician assistant and registered dietitian programs plan and execute monthly health fairs. Pharmacy and physical therapy students assist as well.
The health fairs educate patients about various aspects of well-being, including medicine safety, cardiovascular health and nutritional science.
Previous events have included topics such as:
- Diabetes and hypertension
- Stress management
- Cardiovascular risk
- Safe medication use
- Flu vaccinations
All students are welcome to join.
IPSO is always looking to expand its network through partnerships with community members and local initiatives.
Contact information: For details, email one of the IPSO board members:
You may also email Dr. Kelly Karpa, IPSO faculty adviser.
The Office of Interprofessional Collaborative Education and Teamwork (ICE-T) at Penn State College of Medicine offers a variety of programs to support faculty and staff facilitators involved in interprofessional education.