California Baptist University’s (CBU) health profession programs recognize the international call for integration of interprofessional education competencies to prepare students for collaborative practice. One proposed approach to improving health professionals’ abilities to work effectively in teams is to integrate the required Interprofessional Education Collaborative Competencies (IPEC) within graduate healthcare related programs. One identified method of working in teams is a large-scale multidisciplinary disaster simulation. This simulation is embedded as the capstone activity for the IPE program. The simulation objective is to integrate advanced learners to work collaboratively as appropriate, to assess, plan, provide care/intervention and make decisions to optimize client/patient, family, and community health outcomes and improve quality of care through a university wide IPE simulation. Students draw upon previously learned knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to the four domains of IPE education to effectively apply leadership qualities that support collaborative practice, and team effectiveness.
Every year since 2017, the CBU University wide IPE disaster focused simulation includes over 500 participants (20 Community Embedded Participants (e.g. local fire department), 200 Learners, 250 Standardized Patients, 50 Multidisciplinary Facilitators) from multiple healthcare disciplines across the university and from the local community.
In 2020, the unprecedented global pandemic required flipping the previous face to face activity and transition to a virtual unfolding, problem-based learning activity. Using the Zoom platforms small groups, digital story telling as well as pre-brief and debrief activities we successfully met the objectives previously set for in person simulation.
The participating students completed a pre- and post-survey that included a qualitative evaluation of the learning experience. An analysis of themes helped identify the most valuable outcomes of the experience as well as things that could be improved going forward. Due to the success of the virtual simulation, the IPE faculty are currently reviewing curriculum and planning for a blended approach.
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