Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants


Teaching Interprofessional Education (IPE) Core Competencies Through An International Service Learning Experience


Occupational Science and Therapy


College of Health Professions

Date Range



Medicine and Health Sciences


Occupational therapy educators are challenged to provide learning opportunities that facilitate collaboration, critical thinking, and clinical reasoning skills in the context of real-world settings. The World Health Organization (2010) identifies interprofessional education (IPE) as a key method for preparing healthcare professionals in the 21st century stating, It is no longer enough for health workers to be professional. In the current global climate, health workers also need to be interprofessional (p.36).The goal of IPE is to facilitate collaboration among students in order to increase understanding of professional roles, improve communication, and enable coordinated teamwork. While there are many venues for IPE, including laboratories, patient simulations, and case-based learning, service learning provides students with real world experiences in context. In addition, international service learning provides students with the cultural component necessary for successful patient care in todays global market. Rosenberg (2000) defines service learning as, more than volunteerism, service-learning combines community work with classroom instruction, emphasizing reflection as well as action. It empowers students by making them responsible in a real world context, while giving them the support, encouragement, information, and skills to be effective (p.8). The purpose of this presentation is to describe how an occupational and physical therapy program partnered to develop an international interprofessional service learning experience for graduate students. The goal of this educational partnership was for students to develop IPE core competencies including, values/ethics for interprofessional practice, roles/responsibilities, interprofessional communication, and teamwork. References Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel. (2011). Core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice: Report of an expert panel. Washington, D.C.: Interprofessional Education Collaborative. Rosenberg,L. Becoming the Change We Wish to See in the World: Combating Through Service Learning Learned Passivity.Academic Exchange Quarterly, 2000, 4, 6-11. World Health Organization (WHO). (2010). Framework for action on interprofessional education & collaborative practice. Geneva: World Health Organization. Retrieved April 11, 2011 from http://whqlibdoc.who.int/ hq/2010/WHO_HRH_HPN_10.3_eng.pdf

Conference Name

American Occupational Therapy Association

Conference Location

baltimore, maryland

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