By Margaret O’Neal
The Health Sciences Center has made a commitment to further Interprofessional Education and Collaboration among all the facets of the medical field. Over the past five years, Dr. Rial Rolfe’s office, as part of the QEP process has developed educational material as well as provided the Health Sciences Center with events that foster a collaborative environment between the different schools. We have had tremendous success and are poised to become one of the nation’s leaders in interprofessional education. In order to continue the current interprofessional events/education, as well as expand it, TTUHSC will have a “special item” request as part of its legislative appropriation request for funds to enhance our Interprofessional Education Initiative, building upon the successes of the QEP. Texas Legislators will review the request and make a decision during the upcoming 2015 legislative session.
President Mitchell has asked for a list to be generated of the interprofessional collaborations that our students, faculty and staff are involved in at the TTUHSC so that our current efforts can be presented to West Texas legislators to help educate them on the value of continued interprofessional education and how it will translate to improved healthcare. If you are involved in a group, research project, volunteer activities, or anything else where students, faculty or staff from more than one TTUHSC school are working together, please email Margaret O’Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org so that it can be added to the list. Thank you!