Collaborative Practice

The Office of Interprofessional Initiatives is pleased to announce the recipients of pilot programs completed 2016 – 2021 to develop interprofessional clinical experiences for MUSC students.

2019 Funded Project

Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: New Interprofessional Team-Based Clinical Experience for Medical, Nurse Practitioner (NP), and Physician Assistant (PA) Students

This project seeks to enhance interprofessional students’ awareness, comfort, knowledge of the complex care and collaboration needed to improve health outcomes for persons with intellectual disabilities.

Interprofessional Education (IPE) applied experience on moral distress and burnout for nurses, clinicians and ancillary providers.
An interprofessional module with simulation was developed to train students from different professions on moral distress which leads to burnout. Students (medical, nursing, PA, social work, health administration and pharmacy) who elect the Palliative Care Rotation as an educational experience are targeted for the module.

2018 Funded Projects

Development of new Interprofessional, Team-Based, Patient-Care Experiences for MUSC Interdisciplinary/Interprofessional Management of Patients at the MUSC Dizziness and Vestibular Disorders Clinic

The MUSC Dizziness and Vestibular Disorders Clinic opened in August 2015. Included in this multidisciplinary clinic team are vestibular audiologists, vestibular physical therapists, nutritionists and neurologists. The clinic also works in close collaboration with Neurology and Psychology for patients with central causes of dizziness and/or psychiatric comorbidities. This interprofessional project sought to enhance and reinforce the training of interprofessional students in the assessment and management of patients with a chief complaint of dizziness, including appropriate referrals.

Special Teams for Special Populations

The priority of this project was the development of an interprofessional clinical experience that focuses on addressing the complex needs of adults with Special Health Care Needs (SCHN). Priority is placed on oral health, occupational health, and medication management using a Team Science approach at the Pamela Kaminsky Clinic for Adolescents and Adults with Special Health Care Needs in the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine at MUSC.

2017 Funded projects

Leveraging Telehealth Supervision and Telehealth Service Delivery to Expand Interprofessional Rotation Opportunities

Students provided both in person and telehealth mental health services to complement existing primary care services under the supervision of both tele and onsite supervisors from across professions. Rotations involved trainees providing evidence-based treatment for depression (behavioral activation) along with medication consultation, and physical activity consultation.

Interprofessional student team for high-risk patients with cardiovascular disease in primary care.

Interprofessional students and a nutrition intern followed three high risk patients with cardiovascular disease longitudinally for 1 year.

Interprofessional, Team-Based Care in Bariatric Surger

The project provided interprofessional students a half –day rotation in integrated care for post-WLS patients. Members participated in team-based care with the opportunity for cross-observation with other providers.

Caring for the Underserved and addressing social determinants of health

The project focused on student teams identifying and addressing major social determinants of health in the patients they see at the MUSC CARES clinic. These included but not be limited to food insecurity, literacy, medication expenses and transportation.

2016 Funded Projects

The Palliative Care Progra

The Palliative Care Program developed a clinical rotation for interprofessional students in the palliative care setting.  Students learned together and worked directly with the current interprofessional team which includes APNs, Social Workers, Physical and Occupational therapists, Chaplains, and Volunteers.

Interprofessional Aging in Place Program

The Ageing in Place (AIP) pilot developed a new community-based clinical rotation for interprofessional students at a local low-income elderly living facility.  The rotation introduced the interprofessional team of students to aging in place and the barriers many residents face.

Interprofessional Team-Based Comprehensive Pain Management Program

The Pain Management Program developed an effective, meaningful and innovative interprofessional clinical rotation in the area of outpatient chronic pain management for interprofessional students.

Primary Care and Population Health: The role of the PCMH Interprofessional Team

The Primary Care and Population Health Program seeks to integrate a significant component of interprofessional, self-directed team-based learning through the development of a new clinical rotation in the University Internal Medicine Patient Centered Medical Home setting. 

National Framework

WHO Framework for IPE and Collaborative Practice

Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Competencies

National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (NEXUS)

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

MUSC-Affiliated Collaborative Practice Sites


MUSC CARES Therapy Clinic

Transplant Unit

University Internal Medicine

Family Medicine

9th Floor Neurology/Epilepsy Team/ALS Team/Craniofacial Team

Behavioral Medicine Clinic

Partners Program

MUSC Healthcare Simulation Center

Dedicated Education Unit (DEU)

STARs project (Safe Transitions Avoiding Readmissions)


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