Interprofessional Education

Interprofessional (IP) Scholars Program

As a future health professional, your ability to work collaboratively across disciplines will be crucial to improving patient care and health outcomes. The IP Scholars Program offers you a unique opportunity to:

  1. Advance your interprofessional skill set and interprofessional identity beyond the TEAM UPTM curriculum.
  2. Cultivate a relationship with a mentor who will support your interprofessional grwoth.
  3. Develop you resume to include this specialized experience and recognition.

The purpose of the IP Scholars Program is to broaden the pre-professional's interprofessional lens in education, scholarship, leadership and/or practice, and to support the development of future champions of interprofessional collaborative practice focused on improving client/patient and population outcomes. Through the IP Scholars Program, learners will enter a continuous cycle of discovering new interprofessional knowledge, applying the new knowledge, and synthesizing the new knowledge through reflection and integration.

Students who are interested in learning more or discussing the opportunity to begin their Scholars journey should email Dr. Tina Gunaldo to schedule a meeting. Be prepared to discuss your interest in the IP Scholars program as well as professional and interprofessional learning interests.

Once accepted into the program, a mentor will be assigned to the learner to support the development of a meaningful learning. The student will choose three pillars to explore. Learners can choose from a menu of existing learning opportunities (see list below) or create self-generated experiences with approval from their mentor. One of the three learning experience must engage a patient/client/community member. After each experience, the student will decide with their mentor the best option(s) to express their learning for each interprofessional activity (written reflection, journaling, video, verbal conversation, etc.). The estimated timeframe to complete the program is 12-24 months.

Learners will be expected to share their overall experience and learning at the completion of the program with the IPECP Office, IPECP Faculty Council and mentor. After program completion, a letter of recognition is sent to the student's respective Dean and Department Head. Additionally, students achieving the IP Scholars designation will be provided a purple and yellow graduation cord and recognized for their accomplishment during pre-commencement ceremonies.

IP Scholar

Existing learning opportunities

  • Partner with a faculty mentor and support grading of TEAM UPTM Year 1 or 2 project presentation
  • Submit abstract to Nexus Summit conference
  • Engage in CLARION Case Competition
  • Engage in TEAM UPTM Student Committee
  • Observation of interprofessional clinical rounds

Nexus Summit - This is a national interprofessional annual conference where there is a specific student poster submission type.

CLARION Case Competition - This is the national IPE case competition. Participants receive a case and work together to create a root cause analysis and solution.

Thank you to Chrissie Alving-Trinh, Caitlyn Gallaspy, Shivani Jain and Brock Williams (students) for their time and effort in the initial creation of the program; and Colette Baudoin, Michael Norman and Xiaolin Tian (faculty) for sharing their expertise with the students.