Each year, we hold an interprofessional training session for students from 15 programs in the USD School of Health Sciences, Sanford School of Medicine, College of Arts & Sciences and the Beacom School of Business, as well as the South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy and Health and Nutritional Sciences. Close to 500 health profession students participated in the event.
This year's session will be held on Oct. 29, 2019. The goals of the workshop are for each student to:
- Understand the role of other health professionals
- Participate as a member of an interprofessional health care team
- Demonstrate positive attitudes toward aging, disabilities and cultures.
They achieve this by working on an interprofessional health care team to develop an integrated plan of care for clients facing multiple health issues.
The clients' cases are role-played by faculty, local physicians and community volunteers, who provide the students with feedback about their plan of care and teamwork skills. Before and after the event, the students reflect on their knowledge about other health disciplines and comfort level working as part of an interprofessional team to address health issues related to aging.