Student peer facilitation is an invaluable active learning approach in interprofessional education that positively influences student engagement and learning, as well as enhances communication and teamwork skills among future health care providers. Evidence shows that student facilitators are more attuned to the needs and experiences of their peers and that when students make personal connections to support each other they are more receptive to learning. Exposing students to peer facilitators from different professions fosters respect and understanding of another discipline’s roles and responsibilities, and shapes attitudes and behaviors for effective interprofessional collaborative practice.
At the MGH Institute of Health Professions (IHP), a new interprofessional peer facilitator program was developed by an occupational therapy doctoral student and subsequently embedded into the Institute’s required interprofessional curriculum to optimize practice in the interprofessional clinical learning environment. The term “facilitator” is key to student learning and development in the program. Peer facilitators are not seen as educators in the traditional sense, but rather interprofessional champions helping students reach the course objectives through personal connection while drawing on their own recent experiences in the program to encourage collaboration, teamwork, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
This Lightning Talk will describe the development of an interprofessional peer facilitator program, the application process for students, and potential funding sources. Presenters, representing both faculty and peer facilitators, will also discuss the challenges and lessons learned, as well as preliminary outcomes. Each presenter will share their unique role and respective experiences, highlight the value of the program in interprofessional education, and demonstrate its impact on shaping attitudes and behaviors for team-readiness and effective client-centered collaborative practice.
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.