The Quality Enhancement Plan or QEP is a project aimed at interprofessional education (IPE) for students at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Professions. It plays a vital role in the school's ongoing accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
The 2021 QEP development process began in September 2018 with the formation of the institution’s QEP Steering Committee. The process used by the committee was intentionally designed to encourage broad-based participation from faculty, adjunct faculty, staff, QEP committee members and stakeholders. It involved a thoughtful review of institutional effectiveness data with a focus on impacting student learning outcomes. As part of the QEP research process, themes emerged supporting the need to provide graduates with skills necessary to function in highly effective professional teams and were confirmed as recent global events demonstrated the interconnected nature of all disciplines in providing impactful medical practice.
The QEP for the School, Project TEAMS, is focused on creating consistent IPE touchpoints for students throughout their education at MD Anderson.. The Project TEAMS framework includes supporting IPE learning during each long school semester.
MD Anderson’s definition of IPE is “interaction between two or more professions to learn with, from and about each other while collaborating to provide team-based care”, with the focus of students working in teams, the framework for the QEP became “Project TEAMS”.
The purpose of Project TEAMS is to develop undergraduates' knowledge, skills and behaviors to work effectively in interprofessional health care teams.
The following School of Health Professions Bachelor of Science programs are participating in the QEP.
|Clinical Laboratory Science
|Diagnostic Medical Sonography
|Health Care Disparities, Diversity and Advocacy
|Molecular Genetic Technology