Lightning Talk

Bolstering IPE Program Evaluation with Natural Language Processing

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm EDT
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Accreditation Information
The recording of this session has been accredited for Interprofessional Continuing Education credit (IPCE) as enduring material. After watching this recording, you may claim IPCE credit by clicking this link. Interprofessional Continuing Education Credit is available to claim through December 31, 2020. Please see details below.

The presentation describes efficient and effective computational methods to evaluate an interprofessional education program. Methods from natural language processing were used to assess common themes that emerged from the text of PowerPoint presentations that teams of interprofessional students created as a part of an advocacy project.


Over 700 students from nine different health professions programs across the university are grouped into teams of five to six students, and work with a community volunteer, a Health Mentor for three semesters. Each team is comprised of at least three different professions.


The advocacy project focuses on person-centered care and social determinants of health, initiated by student teams. The lighting talk will feature an assessment method to explore themes that reflect the IPEC core competencies of: values/ethics, roles and responsibilities, interprofessional communication, and teams and teamwork. The lightning talk will inform educators and clinicians on how to use natural language processing tools to identify salient words and themes in the advocacy projects; and discuss the implications of the identified themes for interprofessional teams and community members. Both of the methods described make use of word frequencies in collections of text documents to reveal hidden structure in document sets. Natural language processing can increase the efficiency of curriculum evaluation for IPEC competencies, and promote improved interprofessional education, by facilitating the analysis of large numbers of written assignments and by informing qualitative analysis.


Through natural language processing we will demonstrate how our advocacy project results in student engagement of person-centered care and social determinants health. The advocacy project is based on the Social-Ecological Model that encompasses individual, family, community, and policy factors. The presentation will use the advocacy project that is completed by the student teams that focuses on the policy factors of concern to their community volunteer.

Accreditation Details

In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

As a Jointly Accredited Provider, the National Center is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The National Center maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive continuing education credits.

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

  • Physicians: This activity will be designated for CME AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM through ACCME.
  • Physician Assistants: NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.
  • Nurses: This activity will be designated for CNE nursing contact hours through ANCC.
  • Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: This activity will be designated for CPE contact hours (CEUs) through ACPE.
  • Social Workers: This activity will be designated for social work continuing education credits through ASWB.
  • All health professionals: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.