Sepehr Khorasani, Tonia Berg, Mohammadali Khorasani, Sabrina Kolker
Interprofessional patient-centred care improves health outcomes and may lower cost of care. Despite this, students graduating from health care programs often do not receive adequate training to integrate into an interprofessional team. This commentary proposes that interprofessional student-run clinics should be integrated into formal health and human service curricula to serve as an innovative model to implement interprofessional education. A student-run rehabilitation medicine clinic can offer needed services to underserved communities, thereby improving their access to care for patients with multiple and complex chronic diseases. Additionally, it provides a unique and important educational experience where students can learn about cost efficiency, patient advocacy, and collaboration while developing their skills in the management, monitoring, and delivery of quality care.
KEYWORDS: interprofessional; student-run clinic; collaboration; undergraduate healthcare education; patient care
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Khorasani S, Berg T, Khorasani M, Kolker S. An Innovative Model for Interprofessional Education and Practice: A Student-Run 39 Interprofessional Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic. UBCMJ. 2010 2(1):39-42.