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Interprofessional Education

Students in a clinical immerson lab

At D'Youville, students in healthcare majors gain a practical understanding of interprofessional collaboration through unique clinical immersion labs.

D'Youville student works with a patient, played by a professional actor, in the clinical simulation lab.
In the clinical immersion lab, students treat patients (played by actors) in a safe, simulated clinical setting.

As one of just a handful of colleges across the country offering interprofessional healthcare education, D'Youville is a leader in preparing its students to be the best professionals in their fields.

Before they graduate, healthcare majors at D'Youville take 2 semesters of the Interdisciplinary Education Lab - a unique clinical simulation experience. 

About the Interdisciplinary Education Lab

The Interdisciplinary Education Lab is a learning experience for students majoring in eight healthcare professions at D'Youville.

Studies show that when healthcare professionals collaborate across clinical specialties, patient outcomes improve. The Interdisciplinary Education Lab prepares students to work as part of a collaborative healthcare team -- in a safe, simulated clinical setting, with skilled actors playing patients.

The curriculum is designed by D'Youville College faculty and emulates real-life patient scenarios, in a controlled, simulated environment. The actors follow scripts and with scenarios spanning the arc of care -- from recovery to after-care and ongoing or developing complications. Skilled instructors guide students every step of the way. 

We livestream the sessions, so students can view interaction with the patient, debrief as a group and share insights from different clinical perspectives. Discussions focus on building the kind of teamwork that a healthcare professional actually encounters on a regular basis.

Interdisciplinary Education Lab sessions are offered in the spring and fall semesters.

Mission & Philosophy

The philosophy of the Interprofessional Clinical Advancement Center (ICAC) is to assure that healthcare graduates from D'Youville can truly function on a holistic, integrated team focused on high-quality, patient-centered care. The goal of the Interdisciplinary Education Lab is to assure that D'Youville graduates recognize the unique, complementary contributions of each member of the healthcare team.

The World Health Organization , PEW Health Commission and the Institute of Medicine identify interprofessional education -- when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other -- as a priority in healthcare education. Once students understand how to work interprofessionally, they are ready to enter the workplace as a member of the collaborative practice team. 

For Faculty


Faculty at D'Youville are welcome to join dozens of faculty who are part of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative. Some use their affiliation with IPEC to learn from and interact with other healthcare professionals. Others use the project to conduct research in interprofessional education (IPE) in healthcare.  

View IPEC faculty


The Center is funded by grants from J. Warren Perry and Charles Donald Perry Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo. This grant supports innovative, sustainable  projects that encourage institutional collaboration and benefit Western New York. 

Catholic Health Partnership

D'Youville College has partnered with one of the region's biggest healthcare systems, Catholic Health System. D'Youville students benefit from the use of Catholic Health's newly-built state-of-the-art simulation lab in downtown Buffalo.