The Interprofessional Team Training (ITT) Planning Team was challenged with meeting the accreditation requirement for interprofessional education for three health sciences schools. Our task was to train students from the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and School of Public Health. This included 7 preclinical disciplines from Anesthesiologist Assistant (AA), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Genetic Counselor (GC), Physician Assistant (PA), and Public Health (PH) programs. We will describe the leadership team, course development, curricular details, and student reactions.
Design or Methodology
All the health science students participated in a half-day Interprofessional Education (IPE) training program based on the IPEC competencies consisting of a large group lecture, a multidisciplinary case-based panel discussion, small group sessions, and a social. Small group sessions were led by Interprofessional faculty facilitators from the university and healthcare system. In addition, students completed an on-line set of IPE learning modules prior to the in-person sessions.
The ITT workgroup consisted of 11 individuals representing every participating discipline divided into three working groups. Sixty-three faculty facilitators led the small-group sessions. A total of 1164 students participated in the ITT Day. Three hundred twenty responded to the post-ITT Day survey. We noted that most students (77.07%) agreed or strongly agreed that they preferred the online didactic module for background information, yet only 53.5% agreed or strongly agreed that the material enhanced their participation in the event.
Our interprofessional approach to planning and implementation can be an example to other programs faced with the same logistical challenges. We were able to successfully manage a large number of students from a variety of disciplines, meeting accreditation requirements from all participant programs. More work needs to be done to determine the proper blending of online education versus in-person education.
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Melanie Dodd, Deborah Doerfler, Jessica Salazar, Beth Davis, Douglas Ander, Jeannie Weston, Jessica Barreca, Rachel Rauvola
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.