Interprofessional education (IPE) is when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes (World Health Organization, 2010). IPE prepares health professions students for deliberately working together in order to achieve collaborative practice, and ultimately provide high-quality, safe patient care (IPEC, 2011). At the University of South Alabama, health professions students are given opportunities to practice collaboratively in a variety of settings. From critically ill patient scenarios to basic clinical skills, students not only obtain the knowledge necessary to become competent health care providers, but also develop core competencies related to interprofessional collaborative practice: values/ethics, roles/responsibilities, interprofessional communication, and teams/teamwork (IPEC, 2016).
With the USA Simulation Program serving all of the health sciences we provide students with the opportunity to take part in multi-disciplinary scenarios that more closely mimic real world interactions between the various health science professionals.