From their very first conversations, the planners of what would become the MGH Institute of Health Professions envisioned students from different professions learning together.

Interprofessional Dedicated Education Units

As a student at the Institute, you will be able to participate in a unique clinical education experience at Massachusetts General Hospital, focusing on collaborative practice and team-based, patient-centered care in the acute care setting. Together with students from Harvard Medical School, you will interact with clinicians from various professions to learn firsthand about the importance of interprofessional practice.

These experiences take place over two mornings on one of three Interprofessional Dedicated Education Units (IPDEUs). You will work one time with a nurse instructor and the other with an instructor from a rehabilitation profession. Each morning concludes with a facilitated debriefing session during which all students on that service reflect on what they observed and discuss the implications for their practice.

The IPDEU experience provides real-world exposure to the essential and often unexpected aspects of working in interprofessional teams, preparing you to apply these principles as you go through your professional curriculum.

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.

MGH Educational Division, 1976 planning report

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.

The program operates in community-based clinical sites providing care to underserved populations. The CCC sites receive patients one evening a week to offer urgent care, as well as establish and/or provide primary care for patients needing these services. Physician, physician assistant, and nurse practitioner preceptors supervise student clinicians and facilitate teaching rounds.

The community-based clinical sites are:
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Team Simulations

Simulation provides a safe environment for you to engage in lifelike practice situations, try out new skills, reflect on their performance, and learn. Actors, known as standardized patients, play roles in a scenario where you and your team members must communicate to solve a healthcare problem.

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Health Mentors

This program is an opportunity for you to learn firsthand from members of the local community about things that really matter to patients living with chronic health conditions or functional limitations.

Your team’s health mentor is a member of the local community living with chronic health conditions and/or functional limitations, who has generously agreed to share his or her first hand experience with health and the health care system. These health mentors become our teachers.

Learning Goals

  • Understand the perspective of the patient/client and value patient-centered care.
  • Value the contributions of each member of the interprofessional health care team, including the patient/caregiver as the central team member(s).
  • Appreciate how a person’s health conditions and impairments interact with personal and environmental factors.

Child Development Day

More than 350 students in Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, and Speech-Language Pathology, observe children's normal development and talk with caregivers, both virtually and at our on-campus IMPACT Practice Center.

Faculty members and students love little children, especially alumni children. If you have a child under 3 years, consider volunteering for Infant Development Day. During a one hour session, current students will play with and observe your child to learn about typically developing children.