Effective interprofessional education (IPE) is an opportunity to connect education to new models of healthcare. Increasing the scope of practice of medicine/dentistry, while increasing interactions, are proposed strategies to improve patients’ access and quality of care. In this Lightning Talk, we will describe the longitudinal expansion of preclinical IPE spanning the classroom/clinical learning environment in the clinical skills course and discuss the results from the first year of this expansion. The longitudinal activity courses two years in the medical/dental schools’ curriculum. In year one of the activity, students participate in the head, oral health, throat, and cranial nerves IPE activity. Before and after the activity, students complete a prompt, ‘List what you think a (medical/dental) professional does’. In year two, students reconvene in an innovative simulated team-based clinical reasoning case with standardized patients and then participate in an interactive online module. The validated SPICE-R2 assessment tool is administered in a retrospective pretest-posttest design. Separate focus groups follow each year of the activity. To determine a change in attitudes, aggregate pre- and post-activity mean overall and mean subscale scores were compared using the paired samples t test after the year two activity. Cohen's d was calculated for effect size. The focus groups were recorded, transcribed, and reviewed by 2 authors for themes.In 2020, the year 2 activity was converted to a virtual activity. There was a significant overall score decrease after participating in the IPE activity (M = -.09, SD = .77, p = .05, d = .01) and was reflected in all three subscales of the measure. Additional analyses show medical students’ and dental students’ scores differed between the two groups (Table 1). Themes were identified, contributing to the understanding of the results and are valuable to the IPE educational community.
In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Office of Interprofessional Continuing Professional Development (OICPD). The OICPD 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.
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.
Physicians: The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education designates this live activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Nurses: Participants will be awarded contact hours of credit for attendance at this workshop.
Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: This activity is approved for contact hours.
IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change