About the Center
The MGH Institute of Health Professions has created a new center in which leaders in the health professions can collaborate with peers in other disciplines and create educational systems designed to improve patient care.
It is clear that the future of health care depends upon creating teams of health care professionals to provide more comprehensive patient care. The Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation provides the bridge to coordinate efforts across all disciplines and create innovative curricula.
As declared in the 2020 Vision Statement, the Institute aspires to be an innovator in advancing interprofessional models of health professions education and health care delivery.
To that end, the MGH Institute's curriculum seeks to prepare students to:
Engage in critical thinking to guide professional practice and scholarly inquiry
Integrate knowledge and theories into professional practice;
Use effective communication and collaboration skills
Influence health policy and practices in evolving systems of health care delivery in a pluralistic society
Incorporate ethical and professional values and standards in the delivery of health care
Function as an effective member of the health care team
To accomplish this, interprofessional activities are interwoven with discipline-specific learning. The interprofessional aspects of the curriculum include required courses at different levels, elective courses, shared clinical experiences, and research projects.
All students who are entering the health professions through the entry-level programs share a course in Ethical Issues in Health Care, while students who are already health professionals and in the advanced programs share courses in research and statistics.
There is content of interest to students from all disciplines in a number of different interprofessional course offerings. Each academic program also offers more specialized courses that are of interest to students in other disciplines. Prerequisites for the Health Care Professions courses for degree programs are open to students from a variety of backgrounds.
Clinical and Research
Many clinical issues cross disciplinary lines. All students at the MGH Institute participate in an interprofessional educational rounds where the focus is on clinical issues, patient care management, teamwork, collaboration, and the perspectives and roles of various health care providers.
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in quarterly Schwartz Center Educational Rounds where the focus is on strengthening the relationship between patients and caregivers. The Institute was the first and is one of the only graduate schools in the country allowed by the Schwartz Center to present these Educational Rounds.
In many clinical placement sites, there are students from more than one of our disciplines; faculty aim to assure that common goals are met and students are interacting and sharing these experiences. Finally, students have the opportunity to become involved in research. These collaborative activities may involve faculty from a variety of disciplines as well as practicing health professionals.