China Honors Interprofessional Program (CHIP)
The China Honors Immersion Program (CHIP) is a cross-cultural and collaborative program between health science schools (i.e., School of Pharmacy and Health Professions and the School of Nursing) at Creighton University and medical universities and hospitals in China. CHIP was developed following the interests and on-going active, involvement with facilities and institutions in China by a Creighton OT faculty member. The overall goal of CHIP is to help promote cultural understanding and exchange, cultivate cultural sensitivity and competency, and increase international collaborations in education and research. Such collaborative relationship benefits health care services and professional training in both the US and China, especially as China’s rehabilitation system is developing (Zongjie, Hong, & Zhongxin, 2007). For example, working with faculty and students from the U.S. provides rehabilitation practitioners in China with an alternative perspective on how rehabilitation services are structured and delivered to patients. In turn, the faculty and students from the U.S. have the opportunity to collaborate with healthcare professionals from another culture. Professional students have the opportunity to experience not only a different perspective on healthcare, but also an entirely different culture. Currently, at its inception, two health care schools from Creighton University, the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions and the School of Nursing take part in the program.
To engage in such experiential learning in China, students enrolled in a two-credit hour independent study course that focused on increasing participants’ cultural competency and facilitating their leadership development for societal and global concerns through interprofessional experiential learning in China. This two-credit hour elective course consisted of a series of seminars centered on “minds on and hands-on” preparation for successful experiential learning during the one week intensive in China. After returning from China, the students were required to participate in a debriefing session and share their experience through an interprofessional presentation to faculty, peers and staff at the school.
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