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Interprofessional Education 
IPE at PCOM's Philadelphia Campus

We at PCOM seek to train healthcare professionals who can provide person-centered, interprofessional, collaborative care across the life span; driven by osteopathic principles to optimize the wellness of the diverse population we serve.

Vision

PCOM will be a national leader in training healthcare professionals who can provide person-centered, interprofessional, collaborative care across the life span; we are driven by osteopathic principles to focus on patient safety, healthcare quality improvement, and optimizing the wellness of the diverse population we serve.

Mission

In pursuit of this vision, our graduates will become competent in the following domains through comprehensive and integrated curriculum, experiential learning, and patient care:

  1. Values, ethics and social justice;
  2. Roles and responsibilities;
  3. Interprofessional communication;
  4. Interprofessional, collaborative teamwork; and
  5. Collaborative decision-making clinical reasoning and critical thought informed by interprofessional education.

Goals

To intentionally develop collaborative healthcare practitioners by having them learn from, with, and about each others’ professions in relation to optimize patient-care that is evidence-based and in consideration of social determinants of health, professional, ethical, and cultural considerations in holistic healthcare.

Objectives

Interact with mutual respect and appreciation for others’ roles and responsibilities to enhance the following practice areas: interprofessional and patient-provider communication about patient care, research, and advocacy.

To establish shared values and ethical decision making and practice among healthcare professional students toward holistic patient-centered care, best patient outcomes, and multidisciplinary problem solving across the biopsychosocial cultural continuum of care.

To foster relationship-building values and the identity of a teamwork approach to patient care, community service and teaching, and clinical research for the betterment of the populations we serve, with an emphasis on underserved and disadvantaged populations.

For students to have ongoing self-reflection on thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that enhance or inhibit interprofessional education and practice, and commit to lifelong learning toward ongoing awareness and openness to providing interprofessional education and care for the betterment of the community they serve.

About the Program

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) and Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) students have IPE curriculum throughout their four years at PCOM. Physician assistant studies students participate during their didactic year and mental health counseling students participate as part of their professional seminar.

Interprofessional Education (IPE) Leaders

Stephanie H. Felgoise, PhD, ABPP
Associate Dean for Academic Integration
Director of Interprofessional Education - Philadelphia Campus
Professor and Director, PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology
Chair, Department of Clinical Psychology
School of Professional and Applied Psychology

Michael A. Becker, DO, MS, FACOFP
Assistant Dean of Clerkship Education
Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Jeff Branch, EdD, Program Chair
MS in Organization Development and Leadership
MS in Public Health Management and Administration
MS in Non Profit Leadership and Population Health Management
School of Professional and Applied Psychology

Nikki Daher, MS, PA-C
Assistant Professor
Department of Physician Assistant Studies
School of Health Sciences

Ashley Poole, PsyD, MA, MS, LPC
Assistant Professor
Department of Clinical Psychology

Alexis Bracy,
Course Coordinator
Melanie Fields, IPE Coordinator for Psychology

IPE Courses

Students in the following programs currently participate in interprofessional education courses at PCOM:

These courses include case reviews, seminars, medical crisis simulation, interprofessional experiences in healthcare clinics, research review, and a full-day symposium and discussion groups on sexual orientation and gender nonconformity.

IPE Events at PCOM

Learn about interprofessional education events at PCOM:

Publications

Felgoise SH, Branch J, Poole A, Levy L, Becker M. Interprofessional Education: Collaboration and Learning in Action. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2019;119(9):612–619. doi: https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2019.109.

PCOM’s fourth-year DO and fourth-year Clinical PsyD programs collaborated with Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing and their undergraduate and graduate nursing programs to provide IPE experiences in their simulation lab surrounding the critical care of patients with Parkinson’s Disease. (Photo credit: Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing)

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