Psychology Professor Sahana Koslofsky answers the question of how to implement a general understanding across 10 different health professions on ethics and how to become a successful health professional.
Shahana Koslofsky is the founder of the Inter-professional Competence, IPC, course taught at the Health professions campus in Hillsboro.
This course is designed for the constantly changing healthcare market, based on the four competencies developed by the IPC: roles and responsibilities, team dynamics and professionalism, effective communication, and values and ethics.
The course helps health professions students understand profession-wide concepts, like talking to patients outside of a physical therapy, athletic training and occupational therapy is usually not acceptable and can be damaging to their career.
This can help students understand how to navigate the differences.
All students in the health professions programs take these courses along with students from other programs.
They are purposefully placed into groups with other professions so that they can collaborate successfully.
The IPC program began in 2006 by the Dean of Pharmacy at the time.
The program is constantly implementing changes and new ideas, based on the student and faculty feedback at the end of the course each year.
For example, this year Koslofsky implemented a time change for the course, which has improved attendance rates dramatically.
The IPC program also offers online content for the students to discuss, collaborate and grow in their knowledge outside of the classroom while using modern technology.
“I think that the IPC program is what makes Pacific stand out from other universities. We have a unique opportunity with ten programs all on one campus to collaborate with each other,” Koslofsky said.