History of Our Program

The OUHSC College Deans, Senior Officers, and Provosts have supported the development and implementation of interdisciplinary and interprofessional programs for over 30 years. This has included interdisciplinary work such as the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN) program, Oklahoma Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (OKLEND) program, and the OU Tulsa Bedlam Clinic. In 2010, the World Health Organization put forward the Framework for Action on Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice and in 2011 the initial Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice were published by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC).

A Focus on Community Collaboration

Community engagement has been a foundational concern for OIDP and IEPA. We have maintained a strong partnership with Crossings Clinic Midtown (previously Good Shepherd Clinic) since 2012. This partnership allows our IPE learners to gain hands-on, team-based experience while improving access to care, addressing social determinants of health, and addressing health disparities in Oklahoma County.  Our focus on the community is also highlighted in our community-engaged simulations. Our SAME/FAME: Self-Advocates-as-Medical-Educators/Family-Advocates-as-Medical-Educators, and our 2SLGBTQ+ simulation engage community members with real-life experience as the standardized patient and team participant. This unique experience lets our student teams practice team communication skills with other professionals while understanding the unique circumstances of patients from these communities. The Social Determinants of Health/Health Literacy Simulation allows learners to consider hospital discharge needs with the patient included as team-member.

Preparing for the Next 5 Years

In the years ahead, we look forward to launching and strengthening additional collaborations such as the Bridges to Access Symposium. We will continue to establish new community partnerships through Unity Clinic Mobile Outreach with the intent of visiting each quadrant of the state.  We look forward to continued growth with all of our campus stakeholders and community partners in preparing the team-ready health care workforce of tomorrow.

Role of Accreditation

  • Twenty-four participating degree programs across 8 colleges (including Social Work at OU-Norman) include 16 different accreditation standards, each requiring interprofessional education and practice experiences for learners prior to graduation.
  • Accreditation requirements necessitate program expansion to deliver programming to every student at every level.