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The Daniels IPE Scholars Program is a joint initiative between the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Nursing and Medicine, and the Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy that originated from generous funding by the Worth and Jane Daniels family. This program aims to bring together pre-licensure students from health professions (e.g. medicine, nursing, pharmacy) to learn with, from, and about each other, with the ultimate goal of providing learners with interprofessional collaborative practice skills which they will extend into future health care practice. Components of the year long course include the following:

  • 16 seminars that rotate between each of the partner schools over the academic year (Fall-Spring). Seminar topics include a comparison of the similarities and differences between the health care professions and their respective education, as well as the importance of interprofessional collaboration for providing safe, high-quality patient care. Each seminar focuses on one of the interprofessional education competencies and incorporates student-facilitated learning teams, communication activities, discussion of relevant research, and a variety of other interactive learning modalities to develop interprofessional skills.
  • Home visits with an older adult health mentor. Students are assigned to an older adult living at Stadium Place who serves as a volunteer health mentor. They make three home visits each semester with their health mentor for a total of six visits over the duration of the course. Each home visit team consists of one pharmacy student, one medical student, and one nursing student.
  • Community service. Each Daniels IPE Scholar is required to complete one community service project per semester with member of another health care discipline.
  • Competitive application process. Students interested in participating in the pre-licensure Daniels program must submit an application which is reviewed by faculty from each of the participating professions. Applications are made available in mid to late August and are distributed through the schools email lists. An equal number of students from each profession are selected.

The Worth and Jane Daniels Initiative supports this course as well as a course at the advanced practice level for nurse practitioner students and resident physicians to learn the skills of inter-professional collaboration while caring for complex community-based older patients.

Prelicensure Course Description

Collaborating for Interprofessional Care: Nursing, Medical, and Pharmacy Students Learning to Work Together and Care for Older Adults course is designed to promote understanding about the importance of health professions students (nursing, medical, and pharmacy) to work together in providing patient care. Seminar topics include a comparison of the similarities and differences in nursing, medical, and pharmacy education, as well as the importance of interprofessional collaboration for providing safe, high-quality patient care.

Students will learn about the distinct roles of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other professional members of the health care team, and will appreciate how these roles contribute to safe care delivery through a variety of learning modalities, including discussions, simulations, role play, case studies, and home visits. Collaborative learning of nursing, medical, and pharmacy students will include strategies focusing on developing skills needed to enhance interprofessional communication, teamwork, and collaboration in developing therapeutic relationships with older adults.