Multidisciplinary Simulation: Effective Competency-Building Exercise for Interprofessional Health Practice
Three simulations were clinically based, involving simulated patients; three were non-clinical, confronting issues in the administration, organization, functioning and intent of the US health system. The four major IPEC competencies are: values & ethics, roles & responsibilities, communication and teamwork. The pre-post survey evaluation was mixed methods and contained 61 5-point Likert items grouped in six summary scales. Questions regarding clinical or non-clinical disposition (a potential false dichotomy) and competency & knowledge supplemented the four competency areas. Paired parametric analysis of the Likert summary scales was performed, finding attitudinal change in competency & knowledge (p<0.001), roles & responsibilities (p<0.001), communication (p=0.0146) and teamwork (p<0.001) (n=15).
Our findings suggest that this model for interprofessional health education presents a promising opportunity to improve systems-thinking, collaborative capital, and key competencies in future professionals. Establishing networks, understanding the roles of and having the capacity to work effectively with other professionals are extremely important skills. To prepare their students for excellence in dynamic and unpredictable environments, professional degree programs should emphasize co-curricular interprofessional development that incorporates IPEC’s competency framework.
Learning Areas:Administration, management, leadership
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Other professions or practice related to public health
Provision of health care to the public
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health
Identify opportunities for improving health professional education and training, to make it more collaborative.
Keyword(s): Workforce Development
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the co-principal developer and evaluator of the program being presented. I developed the idea, methods and evaluations for the interprofessional health simulations described in the presentation. This program took two months to develop and evaluate and has now been transitioned to future student and faculty at Drexel University.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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