How to Promote an Interprofessional Culture

A Brief Overview of the Interprofessional Culture at CU Anschutz

  • Interprofessional education is highly valued by the University of Colorado. In fact, the CU Anschutz campus was designed for interprofessional education and engagement.
  • The mission of the CU CIPE is to train all health professionals to be collaborative interprofessional team members capable of addressing the unique health care needs of various patient communities.
  • CU CIPE recognizes health care teams are fluid and dynamic, meeting the unique needs of the individual patient or community.
  • Interprofessional teams include patients, non-health professionals, and health practitioners at all levels of training.  
  • CU CIPE believes that all professions have a shared responsibility to improve society and patient communities by improving and advancing health care.  Most, but not all, CU Anschutz students complete many required interprofessional education programs including team-based interprofessional didactic learning (IPED course), team-based simulation training (Clinical Transformations), and team-based clinical experiences (Clinical Integrations). These programs are completed in different sequences based on each school or program’s curriculum.
  • Speakers should strive to engage an interprofessional audience through commonalities valued by all professions. 
  • When discussing challenges faced in health care, speakers should emphasize the possibilities and opportunities of working together to solve problems, rather than only identifying the barriers present. 

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