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Collaborative Education

Learn to become an interprofessional team in real-world settings.

The Interprofessional Health Education Center (IHEC) facilitates collaborative learning among students within USD's School of Health Sciences and Sanford School of Medicine.

Interprofessional education provides opportunities for students studying different health care professions to learn from, with and about each other. It trains future healthcare professionals to work together as a team and makes them aware of each others' roles and responsibilities.

Within the School of Health Sciences, the purpose of IHEC is to:

  • Offer workshops, seminars, activities, simulation scenarios and mentorship that further interprofessional education in the health sciences;
  • Prepare students in all health care-related majors to work as a team in real-world settings;
  • Provide opportunities for interprofessional research;
  • Support faculty development.

As the only South Dakota university with schools of health sciences and medicine, we are uniquely able to provide students with opportunities to experience working in a health care team, a skill that is necessary in the modern health care field.

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In order to enhance interprofessional education at the University of South Dakota, an interprofessional team conference video was created. The video can be utilized as an example of an effective team conference when providing IPE to students across healthcare professions. The interprofessional team who created this video has made it available for your education and research use with the understanding that any research publications utilizing the video should reference USD as the source of the video.

IPE Team Conference Video - short version

IPE Team Conference Video - long version