Lightning Talk

A New Approach to “Teaching” Empathy & the Development of the Interprofessional Training in Empathy, Affect, & Mindfulness

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 1:05 pm - 2:05 pm EDT


The Interprofessional Training in Empathy, Affect, & Mindfulness (I-TEAM™) is a semester-long interprofessional program that engages health profession students in various “workouts” to cultivate and enhance the attributes and practices associated with the empathic experience, patient-and colleague-centeredness, team-based skills, overall well-being and presence, and fundamental communication skills. I-TEAM™ represents an innovative and engaging method of cultivating (inter)professional identity and provides opportunities for health professions to express vulnerability and openness with and to one another.


The I-TEAM program began in August of 2019, and includes over 140 students from various health professions. The inaugural evaluation and assessment protocol consists of a longitudinal, mixed-methods design utilizing surveys, interviews, observations, and narrative reflection. T1 data (pre-I-TEAM) was collected in the summer of 2019, and T2 data (end-of-program) is still being collected at this time but will be analyzed and prepared in time for presentation for the NEXUS Summit.



The results to be presented will include students’ (potential) changes in empathy, well-being, perceptions of own/other health professions, and general experiences with and attitudes towards the I-TEAM program, as well as approaches/potential changes for the upcoming version of I-TEAM.



The data gleaned from this intricate and multifaceted evaluation approach will not only serve to enhance the I-TEAM program, but also lend support to the overarching notions of the value of teaching empathy through workouts, and the promotion of personalization and/or common in-group identity through the cultivation of psychological safety and encouraging vulnerability among peers in the interprofessional setting.


This program and its evaluation and assessment were funded in part by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation