Developing Meaningful and Flexible Interprofessional Values & Ethics Curriculum
Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice is addressed less frequently in the published literature than the other IPEC Core Competencies of Roles and Responsibilities, Interprofessional Communication, and Teams and Teamwork. This may reflect a dearth of efforts to fully integrate this competency into interprofessional curricula. Such a deficiency is problematic in that managing complex ethical situations while maintaining mutual respect and common values is a substantial challenge, particularly across professions.
To address this, an interprofessional team from medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and public health developed and piloted "Interprofessional Social & Ethical Dilemmas in Healthcare" in Spring 2021. The online pilot was implemented in asynchronous and synchronous formats. It fostered interprofessional teamwork and student leadership using case-based learning to address real-world ethical, social, and moral conflicts in healthcare. Cases covered a wide range of topics including cultural differences, professionalism, informed consent, immigration issues, and patients' rights. Student assessment was based on a modified Interprofessional Collaborator Assessment Rubric (ICAR). Program developers also evaluated the course for proof-of-concept, satisfaction, and attainment of core competencies. Given the pilot participants’ reported increase in knowledge about ethical decision-making and greater appreciation for a team approach, the content was integrated into the curricula of participating colleges for the first time in Spring 2022. This latest offering was modified based on pilot participant feedback, and improvement processes continue.
The focus of this seminar will be on empowering participants to develop online curricular content related to Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice at their own institutions. The seminar is aligned with the Nexus 2022 theme of Interprofessional Learning for Collaborative Practice and Education by showcasing curriculum development through the lens of the IPEC Core Competency of Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice. Practical knowledge will include empirical findings from the pilot and integrated educational experiences from the perspective of faculty, staff, and students with an emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Actionable skills will include the development of interprofessional cases and related questions focused on ethical issues for one’s own academic environment. Active learning strategies will include liberating structures such as small group discussion, brainstorming, and case scenarios to ensure participant engagement.
Participants will be able to:
articulate key features of developing interprofessional cases and related discussion questions focused on ethical, social, and moral conflicts;
identify challenges and enablers to implementing curricula using the program’s format of asynchronous and synchronous learning; and
apply lessons learned from a pilot study and initial offering of Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice curricular content.
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.
The National Center OICPD is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers (ATs). This program is eligible for Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
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™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with their participation.
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.
Athletic Trainers: This program is eligible for Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
Social Workers: As a Jointly Accredited Organization, the National Center is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The National Center maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive continuing education credits.
IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.