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Collaboration and Communication in Healthcare: Interprofessional Practice

Tina Brock (on behalf of the UCSF Interprofessional Education Steering Committee)

Collaboration and Communication in Healthcare: Interprofessional Practice is a free massive open online course (MOOC) designed to provide an opportunity for health professional students worldwide to:
• Discuss some of the forces that are moving healthcare toward greater interprofessional collaboration
• Describe the roles and scopes of practice for different healthcare professionals
• Introduce key skills to enhance communication, collaboration and conflict management
• Explore leadership and membership strategies that facilitate effective team functioning
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Full project description: 

Collaboration and Communication in Healthcare: Interprofessional Practice is a massive open online course (MOOC) that will be offered over a 5 week period starting 15.September 2014. The course consists of 5 modules, each of which is about 2 hours in length. The modules are comprised of a series short lectures, supported by readings and exercises to facilitate learning. The topics for the modules were selected based on core concepts, common challenges, and effective strategies for interprofessional practice.

Module 1 - What is it all about? Introducing core interprofessional concepts
Module 2 - Who is on my team? Understanding roles, responsibilities, and abilities of different professions
Module 3 - How will our work get done? Understanding communication, accountability, and task distribution.
Module 4 – How to tackle challenges: Conflict management and negotiation
Module 5 – How can we work together? Leadership and membership

This course is designed to engage a global audience of students from dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy, and other fields in discussing the key elements of interprofessional practice while learning about, with and from one another in a virtual environment. It was created by faculty and students from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the USA. Anyone interested in learning more about interprofessional practice (or teaching about this to students) is invited to enroll and payment is only required if official certification of completion is desired.

In addition to the worldwide audience for the online course, first year health professional students at UCSF will use the materials as a basis for campus-wide interprofessional activities during the 2014-15 academic year. The course has been through an institutional peer review process but outcomes will not be available until after the completion of the first offering.


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