Individual photos of IRON founders

New interprofessional student organization at Texas A&M Health

The Interprofessional Relationship Outreach Network (IRON) aims to sharpen interprofessional collaboration across the Texas A&M Health disciplines
August 28, 2020

The Interprofessional Relationship Outreach Network (IRON) was initiated by Texas A&M Health students and established in the summer of 2020. This student organization serves to grow the Texas A&M Health disciplines together for the betterment of the institution’s schools, practices and communities served.

Interprofessional collaboration supports patients and populations in achieving optimal health. With coordination and communication across all health disciplines, care for communities will improve in areas of quality, reduction of errors and overall ability to serve diverse populations.

The Office of Interprofessional Education & Research (IPER) supports IRON in their endeavors. Chris Kaunas, executive director of IPER, serves as IRON’s Student Organization Development and Administration advisor. Each Texas A&M Health college has a discipline-based IRON faculty advisor.

IRON meets on the last Monday of most months at 6 p.m. via Zoom, and all Texas A&M Health students, faculty and staff are welcome. The inaugural meeting is Monday, August 31, 2020.

The meetings allow students from the Texas A&M health disciplines as well as invited guests to further their learning with, from and about each other. Students will be able to ask questions of health care professionals who have put interprofessional collaboration into action, and engage in opportunities to practice collaborative competencies. To learn more, visit the IRON website.

— Lindsey Hendrix