Preparing Students for Collaborative Practice: An Overview of the 2012 Jefferson Health Mentors Program

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Tutorial, Curriculum, Reference 9312 1 January 17, 2013


The first version of this curriculum, consisting of 8 modules, was implemented in 2007 and subsequently published on MedEdPORTAL in 2009. Now, five years later, HMP has undergone substantial curricular revisions to better address IPE competencies, overarching program goals, module-specific objectives and student, mentor and faculty feedback. The revised and updated HMP curriculum now consists of four key modules, plus orientation sessions at the beginning of each year. These modules include: 1) obtaining a comprehensive life and health history, 2) preparing an interprofessional wellness plan, 3) assessing patient safety in the home, and 4) healthy behavior and self-management support. Concepts of teamwork and professionalism are interwoven throughout the two-year curriculum. A multifaceted educational design was used in the development of each of the four new team-based modules, and each module concludes with a faculty-facilitated interprofessional small group session. Assignments evaluate achievement of module-specific and program objectives. Individual reflection papers assess what students’ value and personally learn from their participation. Mid year self- and peer-evaluations assist in measuring professionalism and year end surveys are administered to assess student attitudes toward teamwork, collaborative care and understanding of discipline-specific roles.


Collins L, Ankam N, Antony R, Hewston L, Koeuth S, Smith K, Wallock S, Jerpbak C, Levinson M, Ward J, Umland E, Covelman K, Frisby A, Kern S, Arenson C. Preparing Students for Collaborative Practice: An Overview of the 2012 Jefferson Health Mentors Program. MedEdPORTAL; 2013. Available from:

Educational Objectives

  1. To understand and value the roles and contributions of various members of the interprofessional healthcare team.
  2. To understand the perspective of the patient and value patient-centered care.
  3. To appreciate how a person’s health conditions and impairments interact with personal and environmental factors.


  • Collaborative Practice, Teamwork, Wellness, Self-Management Support, Chronic Disease, Interprofessional Education Collaboration (IPEC)


  • Medical
    • Family Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    • Preventive Medicine


  • Dental
    • Communication & Interpersonal Skills
    • Health Promotion
    • Patient Care
    • Preventive Dentistry
    • Preventive Medicine
    • Skills & Doctoring

Competencies Addressed

  • Medical
    • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
    • Interprofessional Collaboration
    • Patient Care
    • Practice-based Learning & Improvement
    • Professionalism
    • Systems-based Practice

Academic Focus

  • Basic Sciences
    • Psychology/Behavioral Science
    • Sociology
  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Professional Interest

  • Communication Skills
  • Curriculum Development/Evaluation
  • Health Education
  • Interprofessional
  • Mentoring
  • Patient Safety/Medical Errors
  • Physician-Patient Relationship
  • Professionalism
  • Public Health Sciences

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Allied Health Student
    • Dental Student
    • Medical Student
    • Nursing Student
    • Pharmacy Student

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