Office of Interprofessional Education

Mission & Vision

Mission: The Office of Interprofessional Education advances patient-centered, collaborative learning and impactful scholarship, which fosters a culture of inclusion that promotes the health and well-being of our diverse communities.

Vision: The Office of Interprofessional Education will be an internationally recognized driver of innovative, experiential education, committed to instilling a collaborative culture to prepare a practice ready workforce that promotes the well-being of our diverse communities.

Interprofessional Courses

IPE 502 – Interprofessional Patient Centered Teams

Interprofessional students working with a Community Health Mentor

Students working with a Community Health Mentor

Rush University is committed to interprofessional education for all incoming students. IPE 502 is a year-long course that introduces students to the four Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPEC) Domains: Values/Ethics, Roles/Responsibilities, Teams/Teamwork, and Communication through a variety of team-building activities. Students have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, and attitude of each IPEC Domain through an interprofessional clinical experience. IPE 502 appears on student transcripts as a Pass/No Pass. 

Fall semester of IPE 502 includes two synchronous meetings and weekly asynchronous team activities with interprofessional student teams.  In this semester, students will:

  • Create and share professional ‘elevator speeches’ with teammates  
  • Participate in a virtual escape room to learn collaborative team work and communication skills   

Spring semester of IPE 502 includes three Telehealth sessions with an adult volunteer living with a chronic condition(s). In this semester, students will: 

  • Complete Telehealth competency training via
  • Create and support the adult volunteer with a patient-centered wellness goal and action plan  
  • Demonstrate skills in the use of Telehealth assessment tools  

Student Testimonials

An IPE 502 graduate talking about their experience
IPE 502 Community Health Mentors
Hear from a few students about the importance of this IPE course:

It is critical to meet a patient where they are in their journey to health and not to project my own personal beliefs on them.

Occupational Therapy student

Understanding and approaching a patient’s social determinants of health requires effective team strategies.

Medical Laboratory Sciences student

For more information on IPE 502 at Rush University, please contact

Advanced Student Interprofessional Learning Opportunities

The Office of Interprofessional Education if proud to provide additional, optional clinical experiences to foster further development of effective interprofessional competency for students who have passed Interprofessional Patient-Centered Teams (IPE502).

Health Equity Learning Projects (HELP)

Student volunteers collaborate in interprofessional teams to address the social determinants of health and health equity through community based organizations throughout Rush’s diverse neighborhoods. Teams collaborate with community partners to design, implement, and evaluate quality improvement projects to improve and/or maintain health outcomes.

Advanced Interprofessional Service-Learning Opportunity

Student volunteers lead 3 online synchronous, collaborative telehealth sessions with people with an intellectual and/or developmental disability (IDD) living in group homes. Teams collaborate to develop a personal health promotion/wellness goal and action plan for success.


IPE 502 Director
  • Jan Odiaga, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC
    Associate Professor, Rush College of Nursing
    Expert Panel Member, Interprofessional Education Collaborative 
  • Theresa Gierlowski, MPM
    Lead Instructor - Rush College of Health Sciences
  • Mary Jo Guglielmo, MPH
    Assistant Dean - Rush College of Health Sciences 
    Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Lynette Richter, DNP, RN, CCRN-K, CNL, CHSE
    Assistant Professor, Rush College of Nursing
    Assistant Dean, Generalist Education
  • Steve Taylor, OTD, OTR/L
    Assistant Professor - Rush College of Health Sciences
  • Claire Dolan, MD
    Assistant Professor, Division of Hospital Medicine
Community Health Mentor Director
  • Grisel Rodriguez-Morales, MSW, LCSW
    Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, College of Health Sciences
    Manager of Health Promotion Programs, Social Work and Community Health
    Social Work Examining and Disciplinary, Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
    2019-2021 President, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Illinois Chapter
Instructional Designer
  • Lynette Washington, MATD
    Center for Teaching Excellence (CTEI)

For more information on interprofessional education at RUSH University, please contact:

Jan Odiaga, DNP, CPNP-PC
Director, Office of Interprofessional Education
Associate Professor, College of Nursing