About the Interprofessional Healthcare Residential College (IHRC or "iRock")
The IHRC is a high-impact living-learning program designed for students who have a passion for healthcare and interdisciplinary learning. It is an active collaboration among nine colleges* on campus and open to any major. IHRC members can expect to be immersed in a living-learning experience that combines a host of curricular and co-curricular initiatives with a network of faculty and staff dedicated to interprofessional healthcare and student success.
*The nine UK partner colleges include: College of Dentistry, College of Health Sciences, College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health, College of Social Work, College of Communication & Information, and the College of Agriculture, Food, & Environment (Department of Dietetics and Nutrition).
The IHRC is looking for highly-motivated, first-year students who want to pursue a career in healthcare, regardless of major. The IHRC is also open to returning IHRC students.
Following participation in the IHRC LLP, students will be able to...
- Construct an argument about a current healthcare challenge facing society.
- Develop a portfolio of experiences foundational to interprofessional teamwork.
- Participate in and co-create a dynamic and thriving community dedicated to interdisciplinary learning, student success, and interprofessional healthcare.
- Belong: Be engaged in a community of peers with common healthcare interests.
- Succeed: Increase your chances of greater academic success.
- Lead: Develop a portfolio of healthcare-related experiences designed to enhance your leadership skills.
All students who participate in the Interprofessional Healthcare Residential College will reside in Woodland Glen V.
Community and learning will be enhanced within the IHRC through a series of linked courses required of all participants.
- UK 101 or NUR 101 (1 credit) – an academic and UK campus orientation with a unique healthcare bent.
- CIS 110/112 (3 credits) – part of the UK Core, this composition and communication class will also be custom-tailored for IHRC students and have a unique healthcare bent.
- CIS 111 (3 credits) – this is the continuation of CIS 110 described above and fulfills the second half of the UK Core composition and communication requirement. This class will also have a unique healthcare bent.
*In addition to these IHRC linked courses, the IHRC works with every student and his/her academic advisor to ensure that each student takes the necessary pre-requisites required by his/her major (e.g., biology, chemistry, math, etc.)
Each year the IHRC creates a signature portfolio of "iRock" co-curricular events dedicated to interdisciplinary learning and interprofessional healthcare. In addition to building community, these events are designed to introduce students to interdisciplinary/interprofessional issues relevant to any major, healthcare related originations, clubs, and departments, and healthcare related community service activities. In addition to attending kick-off and closing events, students are expected to attend three iRock events per semester, though participants are welcome to attend more and many do.
Examples of previous "iRock" signature events include:
- Study Smarter Chemistry Sessions.
- Interprofessional Healthcare Shadowing Opportunities.
- Networking Dinners with Graduate and Professional Healthcare Programs.
- Mindfulness Training for Future Healthcare Professionals.
- Unconscious Bias Training for Future Healthcare Professionals.
- Interprofessional Leadership with President and Dr. Capilouto.
- Community Service Opportunities with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, SeedLeaf, etc.