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Interprofessional Education (IPE) program

Interprofessional Education (IPE) Comes to Life at MCPHS


    On a cold day in February, a group of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) faculty and students gathered in small groups in an Optometry lab on the Worcester campus. Instructors wearing white coats eagerly dive into the topic at hand: how to conduct clinical neurological assessments.

    But the instructor isn't part of the School of Optometry - or even a faculty member. It's a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) student. Next up, a faculty member in the School of Optometry will walk MPAS students through how to use a Slit Lamp.

    The group is participating in an Interprofessional Education (IPE) program, designed to bring students and faculty from across disciplines, schools, and campuses together in collaboration.

    The program was spearheaded by Professor Kathryn Jones, MS, PA-C, an Assistant Professor in the School of Physician Assistant Studies-Boston, with interdisciplinary support from faculty and staff across two campuses.

    Interprofessional Education (IPE) programs enable students to gain a broader, more well-rounded education in the health sciences, empowering them to provide better individual patient care and to ultimately improve the overall quality of healthcare.