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Health Systems Science and Interprofessional Practice

Health Systems Science and Interprofessional Practice (HSSIP) at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine involves the study of how health systems work as well as the science of teamwork and roles between various health care providers.

HSSIP is studied throughout all four years of medical school. Through this focused approach, our students emerge with a better understanding of the way health care is delivered and how to make a positive impact on the health of patients and populations. The HSSIP curriculum provides students a program across all four years of medical school that will better equip them to deal with the challenges of health systems in practice.

Clinical Skills
Class of 2022 practices examining a standardized patients abdomen.

Year 1

Radford University Carilion to include nursing and physician assistant students

Interdisciplinary teams formed of 8 to 9 students

Personal reflection

Conflict resolution

Successful team work

Investigating roles, responsibilities, and potential biases of different health care professions

Understanding personal values

Learning group leadership skills 

Participating in a Health Care Team Challenge

Nutrition self-reflection

Service learning community partnerships

Year 2

Team shadowing and observation experiences

Simulation experiences

Nurse shadowing experiences

Ethical and legal issues

Health care ethics team challenge

Medical humanities

Public health and medicine in connection to interprofessionalism

Years 3 & 4

Interprofessional learning objectives  included in all clerkship rotations

Domain Days (series of special clinical topics)

Disaster Day with Radford University Carilion that includes over 200 students

Telephone medicine simulation with Radford University Physical Therapy students

Patient Safety/Quality of Care simulation

Final assessment of teamwork skills

Many thanks to our current partners who make interprofessionalism so successful! 

  • Radford University Carilion
  • Virginia Western Community College
  • Various other community organizations

Community Service Hours Completed...


and counting...