Gould Center for Interprofessional Education
Understanding the need to reduce preventable error in healthcare and the unique opportunity available through our hospital affiliation, Maine College of Health Professions began interprofessional education in 2016. In 2018, the Hazel Hayman Gould Center for Interprofessional Education was formally established.
The center’s mission is to positively influence patient care, patient outcomes, and healthcare professionals’ work experiences to reduce error in healthcare and promote the highest outcomes. We provide educational experiences that allow MCHP students to:
- Adopt interprofessional values and ethics as the foundation of practice,
- Understand a variety of healthcare team members’ roles and responsibilities,
- Demonstrate effective interprofessional communication skills, and
- Develop abilities to work effectively as members of the healthcare team.
Interprofessional education (IPE) offerings are evidence-based and align with one or more of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative’s 2016 Core Competencies. Interprofessionalism is a theme across all MCHP programs and all MCHP students are provided interprofessional education experiences in each semester of their pre-licensure programs.
For students who demonstrate exceptional effort and aptitude in interprofessionalism, MCHP offers the opportunity to earn honors at graduation specific to interprofessional education. Students earn this honor by demonstrating outstanding commitment to developing and practicing as interprofessional members of the healthcare team. Recipients complete learning activities designed to enhance knowledge, skills, and attitudes promoting teamwork and communication, and optimizing patient outcomes. All activities associated with IPE Honors are inspired by and align with the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (2016).
The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, in collaboration with the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative, has an interactive map of IPE centers and programs. MCHP is part of this growing community of healthcare education programs bringing interprofessional education to future healthcare team members. Click here to review the interactive IPE map.