Moving from individual roles to functional teams: A semester-long course in case-based decision making
Burgunda V. Sweet, College of Pharmacy, United States ; Anica Madeo, Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education, United States ; Mark Fitzgerald, School of Dentistry, United States ; Joseph B. House, School of Medicine, United States ; Michelle Pardee, School of Nursing, United States ; Bradley Zebrack, School of Social Work, United States ; Domenica Sweier, School of Dentistry, United States ; Joseph Hornyak, School of Medicine, United States ; Cynthia Arslanian-Engoren, School of Nursing, United States ; Debra Mattison, Leslie Dubin, School of Social Work, United States ; Jennifer Stojan, School of Medicine, United States ; Bruce A. Mueller, College of Pharmacy, United States
Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice Volume 7, Number 1, ISSN 2405-4526 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Incorporating meaningful interprofessional education (IPE) into curricula to better equip students to enter and shape clinical practice can be challenging. Faculty from dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and social work taught a semester-long IPE course where interprofessional teams of students collaborated in case-based decision making to learn two IPE competencies: understanding professional roles and developing teamwork skills. Pre- and post-assessments measured students' knowledge and perceptions of professional roles, individual roles on a team, and overall team functioning. Pooled data from two years of students (n = 540) showed significant improvement in familiarity with the education and roles of each discipline (p < 0.05), improvement in individual communication and teamwork skills (p < 0.05), and improved team functioning (p = 0.006). The case-based pedagogy using interprofessional student teams effectively allowed students to learn about each profession's role on the team and gain teamwork skills.
Sweet, B.V., Madeo, A., Fitzgerald, M., House, J.B., Pardee, M., Zebrack, B., Sweier, D., Hornyak, J., Arslanian-Engoren, C., Mattison, D., Dubin, L., Stojan, J. & Mueller, B.A. (2017). Moving from individual roles to functional teams: A semester-long course in case-based decision making. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, 7(1), 11-16. Elsevier Ltd.