The Gould Center for
A 1945 alumna of the Central Maine General Hospital School of Nursing (now, Maine College of Health Professions), Hazel Gould and her husband, Ralph, were stalwart and longstanding benefactors of MCHP. In 2000, Mr. and Mrs. Gould created the Hazel H. Gould Scholarship Foundation to expand nursing education opportunities at MCHP. Their generosity was critical in the subsequent establishment of the Gould Center for Interprofessional Education at MCHP. As a result of their visionary support, the Gould Center provides Maine healthcare students with educational experiences that enhance collaboration and contribute to improved patient outcomes. Their funding has a direct and positive influence on the success of tomorrow’s healthcare professionals and the well-being of their patients.
We honor their legacy, which has had a profound impact on the lives of over 1200 students to date.
Interprofessional Education, defined by the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE) as occasions when students from two or more professions in health and social care learn together during all or part of their professional training with the object of cultivating collaborative practice for providing patient-centered care, is a cornerstone of the MCHP experience. IPE has been proven to have a very positive impact on patient outcomes. Because of the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Gould, all of our students have the enviable opportunity of participating in IPE learning events throughout their time at the College. In the spirit of IPE, MCHP invites and includes students from other colleges and from a broad range of disciplines to participate in IPE learning. Our nursing, CNA, and medical imaging students have worked with students, residents, and practitioners from the following healthcare professions:
- Respiratory Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Medicine (MD and DO)
- Spiritual Counseling
- Sign Language Interpreting
- Physical Therapy
- Social Work
- Respiratory Therapy
In addition to expanding upon student IPE experiences, future plans for the Gould Center include exploring interprofessional simulation and interprofessional education for current practitioners. Click here to download the infographic on Getting Started with IPE.
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.