Contemporary physical therapy education, as required by professional standards with physical therapy accreditation requires education of students in collaborative team environments with the integration of students form other professional disciplines. Thus, the UCF Doctor of Physical Therapy Program has embedded an Interprofessional Education (IPE) co-curriculum within its formal doctoral training. Interprofessional education occurs “when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes” – World Health Organization, 2010.
The UCF DPT Program participates in a collaborative IPE curriculum with the UCF College of Medicine, UCF College of Nursing, UCF School of Social Work, and the UF College of Pharmacy. These activities involve coordination of numerous faculty and staff from all respective programs and several hundred students. This curriculum currently involves four formal events that span several dates (approx. 12). The events involve meaningful learning experiences with the integration of physical therapy students within interdisciplinary teams. All events are build off of core competencies as established by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), which includes physical therapy’s national professional organization. IPE events begin in the second year of the curriculum, and are progressive in nature from traditional learning activities to experiential learning involving standardized patients, followed by direct patient interaction in a terminal 3-rd year event.
IPE activities are led by Dr. Pabian, Dr. Tucker, and Samantha Jackson.