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Interprofessional Service-Learning Project

Interprofessional Service Learning Project (ISLP) 2010

“Creating the Future We Want to Be: Transformation through Partnerships”

Title: Creating Collaborative Care across South Carolina with the Interprofessional Service-Learning Project (ISLP)

Three Session Goals: The goals of this session are to…

  1. Share strategies in developing interprofessional service-learning opportunities.
  2. Demonstrate the value of building upon existing infrastructure (i.e. Junior Doctors of Health) as an effective way to combine interprofessional learning with sustaining University projects.
  3. Explain need for collaboration by an interprofessional faculty team in creating and sustaining interprofessional student projects.

Three Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to…

  1. Recognize the importance of interprofessional health care collaboration.
  2. Summarize the components of a successful interprofessional service-learning project.
  3. Apply knowledge to form and promote student interprofessional service-learning opportunities.


Inspired by MUSC’s Creating Collaborative Care Initiative (C3), the Interprofessional Service-Learning Project (ISLP) was created by a team of interprofessional faculty to teach obesity prevention and health promotion through elementary school-based activities that address nutrition and physical fitness. For the service-learning community project, C3 partnered with Junior Doctors of Health© (JDOH), a partnership between the Medical University and underserved schools to address the concerns of teachers, parents, and the community about the alarming rise in childhood obesity in South Carolina. Interprofessional students learn team skills in planning sessions as they use the JDOH curriculum to develop, implement, and evaluate their prevention activities together. The SC Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC) health profession student (HPS) coordinators facilitate ISLP during University student clinical rotations across SC.

Authors: Kelli Anderson, Administrative Specialist, JDOH; Jennifer Bailey, Instructor/Clinical Coordinator, MUSC College of Health Professions; Debora Brown, Assistant Professor, MUSC College of Health Professions; Cynthia Hudson, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing; Donna Kern, Assistant Professor, MUSC Department of Family Medicine; Kelley Martin, Director, MUSC Dietetic Internship; Sarah Shrader, Assistant Professor, MUSC College of Pharmacy; Emily Warren, Health Professions Student Coordinator, SC AHEC;  Andrea White, Program Director, MUSC Master of Health Administration; and Amy Blue, Assistant Provost for Education and Director, C3.

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