A Collaborative Care Summit: A Regional Model of Interprofessional Education

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Arscott, Karen; Haleem, Diane; Foote, Edward; Olenick, Maria
Medicine and Health Sciences
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Purpose: To describe an interprofessional summitBackground: Northeastern/North CentralPennsylvania is home to several excellent healthcare education programs. Unfortunately these programs are somewhat smaller and isolated with most universities/colleges housing just a few disciplines. Interprofessional education requires collaboration across institutions, professions, and county lines. The Northeast/central Interprofessional Education Coalition, comprised of a group of educators from 12 colleges and universities, was created in 2008 with a mission to promote IPE in our region.Description of Intervention: An Interprofessional Care Summit was held on March 30, 2011 at five different sites inScranton,Wilkes-Barre andWilliamsport. The collaborative team designed a case which would allow interaction between the students from the sixteen different professions represented. The theme of the summit was the medically underserved. Each summit began with an opening session that included a description of interprofessional education and an overview of the summit. A brief video case-vignette was viewed by the participants. After the case presentation, participants broke into small interprofessional groups of 10 students and 2 facilitators. Students discussed the case and learned from, about and with each other. The small group discussion continued for approximately one hour at which time they reconvened for a wrap up discussion.Results: Over 500 students and 80 facilitators participated in the summit. A survey Monkey evaluation was sent to each student and facilitator. 200 students and 67 facilitators completed the survey. 90% of the facilitators and 80% of the students agreed that the case-discussion approach was an effective way to teach IPE. 91% of the facilitators and 78% of the students agreed that the summit was effective. Comments were overwhelmingly positive.Conclusions: It is possible to develop a strong interprofessional education program when faculty members work collaboratively across not only disciplines but also across a geographical region.Learning Objectives: To expand student’s knowledge of other health professions and promote interprofessional understanding of other health professionals’ roles and responsibilities in patient care. To identify and discuss gaps and mismatches in understanding of one’s own health discipline and other disciplines in the context of patient care. To promote personal reflection about the identification of healthcare professional roles and responsibilities.