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Interprofessional Practice


Through active practice in their classrooms, labs, clinicals, and extracurriculars, our healthcare students become adept at collaborating and communicating with interdisciplinary members of a care team. This practice not only teaches them treatment-planning with a holistic, patient-centered approach, but it also prepares them to become leaders who improve efficiency and delivery on their future integrative health team. Through participation in extracurricular programs, students have the opportunity to observe, research, and practice interprofessional explorations, as well as a chance to learn alongside community members and students from different programs.

Extracurricular Events

In addition to gaining an interprofessional education through their curriculum, students benefit from interprofessional practice via extracurricular programs hosted across all campuses throughout the year.

Schwartz Center Educational Rounds

MCPHS was one of the first universities to host Schwartz Rounds including undergraduate students. The events, such as speaker series, aim to educate the entire MCPHS Community on how to empathetically and compassionately interact with patients and deliver collaborative healthcare. Programming is also designed to help health professionals better understand the needs and hopes of patients from different cultures and backgrounds. At one recent Schwartz Center event, three panelists offered insight on how to deliver empathetic care to an aging population. At another event, guest speaker, William Lautzenheiser, shared his physical and psychological experiences as a sepsis survivor and double-arm transplant recipient. Events are hosted annually and curated thoughtfully in relevance to current health topics.

Interprofessional Case Conference

Our Interprofessional Case Conferences are events in which students, faculty members, and thought leaders from prestigious Boston-area healthcare organizations discuss a relevant healthcare topic on interdisciplinary teams.

Dementia Awareness Training Workshops

These interdisciplinary workshops train students on how to empathetically care for patients with dementia.

Interactive Simulations

Students work in interprofessional teams to treat patients requiring urgent care.