Phase I - Orientation: Foundations of Interprofessional Communication & Collaboration (FIPCC)


Phase I of the 1Health curriculum is Foundations of Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration (FIPCC), a one-credit course taken early in a student’s University of Minnesota health professional program.

Each year, more than 1,000 students participate in the FIPCC course, which provides an orientation to interprofessional concepts and competencies. Students from across the Academic Health Center, as well as some additional health-related programs participate, including:

  • Allied Health Programs – Medical Laboratory Science and Occupational Therapy
  • Dentistry – Dental, Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy
  • Food Science and Nutrition – Dietetics
  • Medicine
  • Nursing – BSN
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychology – Counseling
  • Public Health – Health Administration
  • Public Health – Epidemiology Nutrition
  • Speech-Language-Hearing Science
  • Social Work
  • Veterinary Medicine

The FIPCC course, which is a hybrid model, consists of six online modules each associated with a facilitated face-to-face small group session. The interprofessional small groups of students meet on Friday afternoons during fall semester. The small groups are facilitated by AHC faculty and health care leaders from the community.  Advanced students are also facilitators and contribute to the interprofessional discussion. The FIPCC course detail for fall 2016 is shown below, including a case-based structure to support the learning objectives and small group discussions. 

Date Session Core Exercises IPEC Competency Alignment

September 22, 2017

Session 1:
Roles & Responsibilities of Healthcare Professionals

  1. Gain understanding why interprofessional education and practice is important to providing collaborating healthcare
  2. Learn about professional roles and responsibilities of members of the healthcare team
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Teams and Teamwork

October 6, 2017

Session 2: 
Health Systems & Interactions
  1. Gain understanding of the Triple Aim and Quadruple Aim and the impact
  2. Understand how team effectiveness impacts patient safety and quality of care
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Teams & Teamwork
  • Interprofessional Communication

October 27, 2017

Session 3: 
Interprofessional Teams & Teamwork
  1. Gain an understanding of how essential teamwork is in healthcare
  2. Small-group teamwork activity
  3. Discuss interprofessional team component of case study
  • Teams and Teamwork
  • Interprofessional Communication

November 3, 2017

Session 4: 
Wellbeing & Resilience For Healthcare Professionals
  1. Gain an understanding of what being resilient means and how this can contribute to overall wellbeing
  2. Identify and practice individual self-care and resilience strategies
  • N/A

November 17, 2017

Session 5: 
Ethics & Professionalism
  1. Compare and contrast codes of conduct/ethics between professions
  2. Discuss common ethical violations
  3. Identify shared values through case study discussion
  4. E-professionalism 
  • Values and Ethics

December 1, 2017

Session 6: 

  1. Understand  the benefits of including the viewpoints of all team members in healthcare practice
  2. Understand the impact of the leader and of the team members in creating a safe environment and in fostering open communication
  3. Understand the need for leaders to be resilient and courageous in times of crisis and stress
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Teams and Teamwork
  • Interprofessional Communication


2017 FIPCC Course Dates

2017 Fall Schedule:
Face-to-face sessions occur on the following Fridays, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.: 

  • September 22
  • October 6
  • October 27
  • November 3 "ONLINE SESSION"
  • November 17
  • December 1