Complexity of the healthcare system continues to grow, in part due to the multifaceted approaches among various health professionals, the need for preventative and health management efforts, and an increased emphasis on clinical and community-based services. Breakdown in communication can have negative implications on health outcomes. The public seeks highly coordinated and effective healthcare teams who communicate to provide the best possible outcomes responsive to critical health issues. Interprofessional education (IPE) experiences, as described in this session, help ensure health profession students have the skills to provide effective team-based care to be leaders in practice.
Authors will describe how multiple IPE experiences, which were rooted in the learners’ community context and responsive to growing healthcare needs, were identified, developed, and carried out. Sessions included: 1) the ability to analyze scholarly journal articles and discuss healthcare disparities faced by individuals who are homeless while working as part of an interprofessional healthcare team where students support and learn from one another for the betterment of the patient; 2) understanding the complexities of chronic pain and how to manage this condition in a rural community while providing information on the components of pain, the implications for patients and families, and the interventions utilized to address pain; 3) gaining a perspective of how poverty impacts health and access to resources as a means of sensitizing participants to the realities of living within a low socioeconomic status; and 4) exploring the social determinants of health through interactive game-based learning in which characters within the game were developed from federal, tribal, and state databases to accurately represent populations across urban, rural, and reservation communities. Results indicated students increased their knowledge of the healthcare team and perceived that they were able to work collaboratively when faced with a critical topic in healthcare.
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, adopted by the Joint Accreditors for Interprofessional Continuing Education, the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education has a conflict of interest policy that requires that all individuals involved in the development of activity content disclose their relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. All potential conflicts of interest that arise based upon these financial relationships are resolved prior to the educational activity.
Jennifer Mackey, Cathy Leslie, Elise Townsend, Alison Naber, Susan Anderson, Kathrin Eliot, Karen Luce, Kathryn Konrad, Whitney Lucas Molitor, Tracy Cleveland, Sabina Kuperschmidt, Kory Zimney, Chelsea Wesner, Brooke Burk, Megan Mahowald
declare no vested interest in or affiliation with any commercial interest offering financial support for this interprofessional continuing education activity, or any affiliation with a commercial interest whose philosophy could potentially bias their presentation.
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.