Interprofessional Team Immersion for Health Professions Students: Making it real

For three years, the UNE Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), has offered a highly interactive extra-curricular program called the Interprofessional Team Immersion (IPTI). Seats in IPTI are limited to 6 selected students from each of 8 different health professions programs across the University. IPTI is a developmental, longitudinal, and sustainable curricular resource that was designed in response to consistent student survey feedback requesting small, interactive, cross-professional learning experiences.

An interprofessional team of faculty develop the IPTI cases which are focused on learning objectives that align with behaviors identified in the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Practice (2016), and aim to increase students’ understanding of each other’s roles and responsibilities, hone teamwork principles, refine communication skills for contextualized person-centered practice, and present their knowledge in a collective project. Instructional formats include a team-building exercise, case-based learning, and simulation. Cases have included opportunities for students to engage in difficult conversations around disability and sexuality (see the video below), and falls prevention with a Vietnam era veteran. Future sessions will tackle complex elements of addiction and mental illness.

Pre- and post-session evaluation measures students’ perceptual and behavioral changes; rapid cycle program evaluation uses student feedback to continuously improve the quality of the learning experience. Program evaluation feedback reinforced the efficacy of small group, interactive learning and full faculty engagement in IPE learning activities (see the faculty and student feedback video below). Overall students have found IPTI to increase their knowledge of other professions, build confidence in their team skills, and provide a basis for working collaboratively in their future workplace settings.

 

For more information about the interprofessional team immersion (IPTI) or any other on-campus IPE events please contact ipec@une.edu.

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