Transformative Education
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Interprofessional Grand Rounds: A Student-Led Initiative

Chelsea Gorman, Amanda Gibson, Jessica Verzella, Lauren Collins, Sarah Dallas, Tracey Earland, Claire Sokas, Jobin Kalathil, Laura Edquist

Interprofessional Education (IPE) Grand Rounds is a student-run initiative designed to increase exposure to real-world collaborative practice teams through a unique extracurricular intervention. Members of collaborative practice teams are invited to serve as panelists for an hour discussion; all Jefferson University students are invited to attend. Panelists discuss their respective roles, expertise, and teamwork styles, and engage in an interactive question and answer session.

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Interprofessional Education (IPE) Grand Rounds is an innovative student-run initiative designed specifically to increase the clinical relevance of Interprofessional Education (IPE) for all health professions students at Thomas Jefferson University by exposing students to real-world collaborative practice teams.

 

Members of collaborative practice teams are invited to serve as panelists for an hour discussion, and students from all health professions are invited to attend. Panelists discuss their respective roles, expertise, and teamwork styles, and engage in an interactive question and answer session.

By creating new opportunities for students from medicine, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, couple and family therapy, physician assistant and pharmacy to interact with health professionals who are actively participating in interprofessional work environments, this IPE Grand Rounds program allows students to develop a more complete picture of what it means to be a member of a collaborative practice team.

During these sessions, students and panelists discuss both the benefits of working with team members from professions other than their own as well as the real-world challenges they face in practice. This ultimately allows for students to become better prepared to work as effective members of healthcare teams. To date, 3 Grand Rounds have been held with 87 students from 6 professions.   

Although IPE is increasingly present in medical education, students have described a significant disconnect between IPE curricula and real-world practice; IPE Grand Rounds was developed to bridge this gap by building on and expanding the scope of traditional medical grand rounds.

As part of Interprofessional Education (IPE) Grand Rounds, there are three overarching goals: 1) Students will gain exposure to real world collaborative practice teams; 2) Students will learn about health professional roles and expertise in specific clinical settings; and 3) Students will gain practical tips and advice for working as part of an interprofessional health care team.  

With the help of faculty advisors and staff from the Center for Interprofessional Education, student Steering Committee leaders from multiple professions worked together to develop, implement and evaluate this innovative extracurricular program.  By gathering survey data after completion of each session, the Student Steering Committee is using mixed-methods analysis to provide programmatic feedback and continuous quality improvement to continue to enhance this new extracurricular IPE program.

This new student-led organization is uniquely positioned to detect areas for improvement in IPE implementation and to share lessons learned with students, faculty and leaders at our home institution as well as other institutions. 

 

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