Interprofessional Education (IPE)

The Interprofessional Education (IPE) program is a component of the field education curriculum. All MSW Generalist students are required to participate in this program during the year that they are in the field internship. The goal of the IPE program is to prepare students for collaborative professional practice. MSW students will interact with students from other professional programs within the university and community. At this time the Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, and Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work are active participants in the IPE program.

The IPE program is comprised of Interprofessional Education Development Sessions (IPED) and Senior Aging Geriatric Educator (SAGE) visits. Community-dwelling older adults volunteer and serve as SAGE Mentors for social work, medical, nursing and pharmacy students to introduce them to the benefits of working on interprofessional teams and learning about the aging experience of the mentors, and to familiarize students, through experiential learning, with collaboration and healthcare issues specific to the aging process.

Specific dates for the IPED sessions and SAGE visits will be provided to students during the field application period and during MSW Field Orientation.