Lightning Talk

Investigating IPE Learner Perceptions: Evaluating Large Scale Interprofessional Educational Activities

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm EDT

It can be challenging to effectively evaluate large-scale, interprofessional activities across multiple programs. 2019 USF Health hosted its Annual Interprofessional Education Day to promote collaboration across health disciplines. USF Health Interprofessional Education Day included professionals from 8 different programs (athletic training, nursing, MD, public health, pharmacy, physician assistant, physical therapy, and behavioral and community sciences). By including such a diversity of health professions, IPE Day maximizes the potential to learn from other professions with other professions.

The day-long event was split into morning and afternoon sessions. Over 800 guests participated in the morning session which consisted of keynote addresses by policy makers, educators, and medical experts, along with panel discussions. The learning objectives included (a) examining the impact of IPE collaboration on the opioid crisis among individuals, families and communities, (b) identifying the interconnected relationships between healthcare systems, and their connection to the opioid crisis in our community, and (c) recognizing the importance of IPE interventions to improve patient-centered care at different levels within the system.

The afternoon session was by invitation only and contained interactive activities for participants. Our campus initiative introduced a systems-level, critical thinking activity in which participants were encouraged to consider the complex, interconnected relationships between various societal factors and opioid addiction. This interprofessional approach to the conversation provided over 100 future healthcare providers with unique skills to help them address urgent healthcare crises from an systems-level framework.

USF Health developed a unique assessment technique which included pre & post confidence testing combined with a specialized rubric to evaluate our dynamic, systems-mapping activity. By examining the impact of substance use disorder (SUD) among individuals, families and communities during an IPE case scenario, participants were able to formulate research, policy, and/or clinical practice recommendations designed to mitigate the impact of SUD by leveraging interprofessional collaborative strategies.