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 students working with a Community Health Mentor

Students working with a Community Health Mentor.

Interprofessional Courses

IPE 502 – Interprofessional Patient Centered Teams

Rush University is committed to interprofessional education for all incoming students. IPE 502 is a year-long course designed with both didactic online content and experiential workshops. Workshops are held on Wednesday afternoons from September through April. Students are assigned to interprofessional teams consisting of at least four different professions. The interprofessional student teams will attend six experiential workshops (2 hours each) throughout the academic year. All workshops apply knowledge, skills, and values of the Interprofessional Education and Collaboration (IPEC) domains.

Interprofessional Education course diagram

IPE 502 graduates talking about their experience
IPE 502 Community Health Mentors

Student Testimonials

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

Learn more [PDF]

Interprofessional Podium and Poster Presentations [PDF]

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

IPE 502 Director:
Jan Odiaga, DNP, CPNP-PC, College of Nursing
Chris Bruti, MD, MPH, Rush Medical College
Mary Jo Guglielmo, MPH, College of Health Sciences
Lynette Richter, DNP, CCRN, College of Nursing
Steve Taylor, OTD, OTR/L, College of Health Sciences
Community Health Mentor Director:
Grisel Rodriguez-Morales, MSW, LCSW
Adjunct Instructor, Project Manager:
Theresa Gierlowski, MPM, College of Health Sciences

Rush Geriatric Interdisciplinary Team Training program

First launched in 1995, the Rush Geriatric Interdisciplinary Team Training program, or GITT, provides advance practice students from a variety of disciplines with the opportunity to learn the importance of interdisciplinary care for older adults and chronically ill patients, as well as the skills needed to be a contributing member of an interdisciplinary care team. The Rush GITT program includes a 10-week curriculum offered in the winter quarter and a six-week curriculum in the summer. Each session addresses a different topic in interdisciplinary care, including effective team skills, cultural diversity in patient care, the role of the team in palliative and end-of-life care, management of patients with chronic disease, and many other topics. Faculty and clinicians from Rush University Medical Center lead sessions and include presentations and case exercises to enable participants to practice their knowledge and skills. All participants in GITT are awarded a completion certificate when they finish the course.

Rush academic and clinical departments participating in the GITT program include the College of Nursing, the Internal Medicine Residency program, the Geriatric Fellowship program and the College of Health Sciences. Students from several graduate schools of social work in the Chicago area also participate. Disciplines participating in the GITT program include internal medicine residents, geriatrics fellows, nursing, social work, pharmacy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, audiology, health systems management, physician assistant program and pastoral care.

For further information about the Rush GITT program, email Stan Lapidos, MS, assistant professor or call (312) 942-2753.

Social work age training

Social work age training, or SWAT, fulfills Rush’s commitment of increasing the number of professionals with knowledge about working with older adults. At the bi-monthly lunch and learn sessions, SWAT topics explore a variety of issues and are reflective of current policy and practice trends in the field of aging.  Events are open to social workers and health care professionals interested in ongoing educational opportunities focused on gerontology. To learn more about SWAT or to be added to the listserve, please email Michelle Newman.


The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program at Rush, called CATCH-ON, or Collaborative Action Team training for Community Health - Older Adult Network, has developed online modules for health professionals and older adults and families on the following topics: evaluating memory concerns, normal aging, managing multiple chronic conditions and interprofessional teams. The online modules are free and can be taken for 1 CE. To learn more about the modules, please visit the CATCH-ON website.

Older adult care

The 21st century is bringing about vast changes in the demographics of the United States. Notably, the population is aging at a rapid rate, incidence of chronic illness and dementia is increasing, the disability population is aging, the nature of medical choices is changing due to evolving medical technology, and health care delivery systems are becoming increasingly complex. These trends bring health care clinicians up starkly against a growing challenge: the rising tide of patients with diminished decisional capacity. Rush University Medical Center has developed the online course, “Assessing Decisional Capacity of Older Adults.” The course is $25 for 4 CEs or a certificate of completion. For more information, please visit or email If you would like to enroll, please complete the registration form. Registrations are processed every Friday. You will receive an email with your username and password once your registration is processed.