Perceptions of interprofessional education in the medical and nursing curriculums

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Julia Hum Ph.D

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Medicine and Health Sciences


Interprofessional education or IPE involves bringing individuals from two or more professions together to learn and communicate to improve future teamwork and collaboration. IPE research has shown that exposing future healthcare professionals to interprofessional training results in positive patient outcomes and reduced institutional costs. Our study will be a case based interprofessional simulation between Marian University nursing and medical students. The goals of our study include: 1) evaluating the perceptions of interprofessional education among nursing and medical students and 2) examining whether there are beneficial areas to overlap the nursing and medical training curriculums to implement effective IPE opportunities. The study will be conducted on January 22, 2020 in the Simulation Center at MU-COM, under the direction of David Patterson. Participants will be recruited via flyers and email communication. Incentivization could include using Amazon gift cards, funded via research funds available to BMS graduate students. Prior to the simulation, participants will be asked to complete an online module via Canvas. The module will pertain to the case, include anonymous demographics questions, as well as, a pre-survey. The Interdisciplinary Education Perception Scale (IEPS) survey will be used for pre and post simulation. Each participant will randomly be assigned a simulation team, balancing nursing students with medical students. On simulation day, participants will undergo a brief introduction/orientation to the required equipment. Once they are oriented to their surroundings they will work through the case as a team. The chosen case, which involves women’s reproductive health, will require students to not only use their clinical skills to treat the patient, but will also require them to handle a religious social aspect that will affect the available treatment options. When the teams have come to a conclusion with the case, they will enter a small conference room to undergo a debriefing session where facilitators, including both nursing and medical school faculty, will help them analyze their use of communication during the simulation. After this short discussion, participants will again take the IEPS survey, as well as provide feedback on the simulation.In the post-simulation analysis, we will compare pre-survey scores with post-survey scores and compare how perceptions of interprofessional education have changed. We believe that perceptions of IPE will improve from pre-simulation to post-simulation and that the participants will feel better prepared for future collaboration.


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