Lightning Talk

Reaching Preceptors Where They Are: Deployment of a Portable Interprofessional Practice Education Preceptor Development Program

Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 1:05 pm - 2:05 pm EDT

There is national concern that Interprofessional collaborative care team models are hard to find. Health professions students moving into the clinical environment may not experience the interprofessional collaboration they had been preparing for through Interprofessional education. A national emphasis is placed on the development of the clinical learning environments to include overt examples of highly collaborative interprofessional teamwork. Many preceptors have not have trained in the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for interprofessional collaborative practice. Though many work collaboratively within interprofessional teams, preceptors may not fully articulate the value of interprofessional collaborative practice to students. Preceptor training needs to include development for facilitating, educating, and evaluating students and trainees in collaborative practice competencies.

If accepted, we will describe our preceptor development program, how it all began, the program outline, and the anticipated outcomes. In brief, preceptors complete online modules in preparation for highly, interactive sessions. Program content includes basic knowledge of IPEP, the elements of effective teams and communication, and integration of IPE into clinical settings. There is focus on the relationship between IP collaboration and patient safety, improvement, and population health. These interactive sessions are designed to break down barriers and promote innovations among preceptors to enhance IP clinical learning. The pilot began in February 2020 with 27 preceptors. Participants were placed into interprofessional teams. During the first session, participants discussed psychological safety.

The desired outcomes for our preceptor development program include: 1. Improve perception by clinical preceptors of the importance of embedding Interprofessional Practice Education in clinical rotations. 2. Develop strategic planning methods for integrating interprofessional learning opportunities in clinical settings. 3. Create replicable models for additional clinical learning sites. Unfortunately, the program has been postponed due to COVID-19, so we will spend the much of our lightening talk describing the preparation phase of our preceptor development program.