From their very first conversations, the planners of what would become the MGH Institute of Health Professions envisioned students from different professions learning together.
A 1976 report put it this way: “The proposed programs are intended to promote interdisciplinary cooperation among students and faculty in classrooms and clinics, to educate together future clinical teachers, managers and practitioners from various disciplines so that they will be well equipped to plan and work together after graduation.”
The Institute offers two interprofessional degree programs – the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences and the Master of Science in Health Professions Education – and a number of certificate programs.
In 2013 the Institute introduced IMPACT Practice – an Interprofessional Model for Patient and Client-centered Teams (IMPACT) – as a required component of all Institute entry-level graduate programs.
In addition to housing credit-bearing programs that live up to the Institute’s mission, the Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation (CIPSI) coordinates voluntary educational activities open to students in all the Institute’s programs. These initiatives offer the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to real-world scenarios.
They also provide a forum for outside speakers to share their experiences with students, giving them additional perspectives as they prepare for their roles as health care providers.
Currently the two major on-campus forums are:
Crimson Care Collaborative
In partnership with Harvard Medical School and several neighborhood clinics, the Crimson Care Collaborative (CCC) pairs IHP students from nursing and physician assistant studies with Harvard’s medical students, overseen by faculty clinicians from both schools, linking the allied health and medical worlds – a gap cited by reports from the Institute on Medicine.
Recommended Interprofessional Conferences
Faculty, staff, and students interested in expanding their knowledge and skills of interprofessional education and practice may consider attending a conference. These conferences were selected by the Interprofessional Activities Committee for the opportunity they provide to learn about current and future trends in collaborative care. See list of recommended conferences.