An Interprofessional Socialization Pedagogy--preparing Students to Enter the Clinical Learning Environment

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

The seminar will introduce socialization of the interprofessional collaborative culture as an important pedagogical approach to prepare health professions students to enter the clinical learning environment and to center the learning experiences on interprofessional health ecosystem that includes patients, families, caregivers, and communities. The authors will share insights and outcomes of a foundational interprofessional course at one major research university that brought together about 300 students and faculty from on-campus four health professions programs (pharmacy, nursing, social work, and medicine) for longitudinal (two-semester) integrative, active learning. The course pedagogy socializes students through team-based experiences and employs active learning strategies to provide clinical context and relevance to foster an interprofessional collaborative culture. Learning modalities include team-building activities, small group discussions, debriefs, simulations, and patient/practitioner panels. Module topics are grounded in the IPEC competencies and are clinically relevant, including TeamSTEPPS, addiction care, team error disclosure, and palliative care. Student teams also explore health disparities in the community and produce community educational products. They engage in a capstone palliative care conference simulation with actor patients. Student teams are facilitated by practitioners and faculty from participating programs. Informal and extracurricular interprofessional opportunities, such as community service and student organizations, catalyzed by the course further amplifies the socialization of the collaborative culture. The authors will share outcomes data of students entering the clinical learning environment after the course.


The seminar will support two conference themes through active participant engagement in discussion and exploration of the shared pedagogy to well-position students entering the clinical learning environment. Participants will actively consider how to socialize interprofessional collaboration through reflective peer dialogue and small group discussions to connect the elaborated pedagogy to their local opportunities. The collective discernment of the socialization pedagogy will also promote collaborative exploration of application and facilitate educators to integrate strategies that prepare health professions students for patient-centered, population-oriented, team-based collaborative care in the clinical learning environment.


Learner Outcomes:

--Discuss strategies to socialize interprofessional collaborative culture

--Critique group ideas to apply an interprofessional socialization pedagogy

--Synthesize key action items to introduce an interprofessional socialization pedagogy


Active learning strategies:

--Think-Pair-Share in virtual break out rooms

--Small Group Discussions in virtual break out rooms

--Brief Idea Presentations from Small Groups

--Large Group Synthesis


Measures of Learner Outcomes:

--Small group idea slide deck

--Large group synthesis of action items



5 minutes Introduction and Seminar Overview

10 minutes First Small Group Think-Pair-Share (2 people/group; Discuss experiences on socialization of interprofessional collaborative culture)

10 minutes Introduce pedagogy of a longitudinal (2-semester) interprofessional course and share course outcomes

15 minutes Small Group Discussion (4-5 people/group; Discuss applications of presented pedagogy to own interprofessional content; Draft one slide, on a shared, online platform, to capture ideas to share with large group)

10 minutes Review of collated small group slide deck

10 minutes Large Group Synthesis from collated small group slide deck: key opportunities; challenges; applications; etc.