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Interprofessional Education (IPE)

Purpose

To cultivate an interdisciplinary environment in which medical, nursing, pharmacy, and pre-health professional students interact and care for patients as a team.

Health professions’ students from various disciplines come together to host a free walk-in clinic for soup kitchen patrons and other members of the community who may experience difficulty accessing healthcare. Students are provided the opportunity to practice effective communication skills while coordinating services with a diverse patient population

Objectives

  1. Create a foundation for clinician skill development in the patient-centered care model.
  2. Build a bridge between medically underserved & vulnerable populations and mainstream healthcare & social service systems.
  3. Provide health education and chronic disease self-management programming based on population health needs.

Community and Patient Benefits

1. Patients, patrons of the soup kitchen, and their families, have an opportunity to consult with a team of highly motivate health professional students regarding a health concern or condition.

2. Over-the-counter medications are dispensed as appropriate and the attending physician may prescribe medication if necessary.

Eastern AHEC and our partners began this in Willimantic and now have expanded the program to New London and Norwich. If you would like further information about this, are interested in being a partner or preceptor, please contact us at info@easternctahec.org.