Transformative Education
for Health Professionals

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FACT ACE Days: Understanding interprofessional approaches to collaborative patient-centered care

Elizabeth Speakman, EdD, RN, ANEF, FNAP Mary Bouchaud, PhD, RN Shoshana Sicks, MEd Carolyn Giordano, PhD Kevin Lyons, PhD

The purpose of the ACE Day is to provide an Alternative Clinical Experience for health professions students. Through exposure to real or theoretical patient cases, students gain a better understanding of interprofessional approaches to collaborative, patient-centered care.

Full project description: 

The purpose of the Alternative Clinical Experience (ACE) module series is to enhance students’ understanding of interprofessional approaches to collaborative, patient-centered care through exposure to real or theoretical patient cases. Students meet as a group to discuss a case, working with a faculty facilitator to outline their understanding of the issues present, roles of those practitioners involved, and appropriate course(s) of action. They then have an opportunity to hear from an interprofessional panel of experts. The panelists discuss their individual professional role and perspective of care for the patient presented in the case study and provide insight into the opportunities for and benefits of collaborative, patient-centered care. The panel presentation is followed by a question and answer session during which students can expand their understanding of the roles of health professions, interprofessional communication and teamwork under the guidance of the expert panel and reflect on their overall understanding of the case.  Although it is best to match the student population with the professions represented on the expert panel, the activity can be conducted with just two student professions.


The following case study has been used successfully with students in the series.  It is an example of a complex case that highlights the importance of understanding the issues and roles of those involved as well as the course of action that should have been followed.


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