Lightning Talk

The Impact an Interprofessional (IPE) Clinic Experience Has on Health Profession Student’s Perception of Self Identity

Sunday, August 21, 2022, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm CDT
professional identity

Duke University Schools of Medicine and Nursing developed an interprofessional student clinical experience which brings together students and faculty from their professional programs including doctor of allopathy (MD), advanced bachelors of science in nursing (ABSN), nurse practitioner (NP), physician assistant (PA), physical therapy (PT) to provide collaborative care to patients seeking care in the Duke emergency department (ED). The IPE experience focuses on team-based, hands-on patient care as well as learning from and with each of the professions. Many of the involved learners are early in their training and often, pre-clinical. We want to understand the impact this 4-hour clinical experience has on students in terms of their perception of their professional self-identity. After the session, students complete an evaluation. The students respond on a 5-point Likert scale from Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree to the following question: Team-based care had a positive impact on my perception of my own self-identity. The clinical experience began in Oct 2021 and is ongoing thru June 2022. As of April 15, 2022 there were 207 survey completions (out of how many students, do we know our total N or do we just need to count?). Most students respond that participating in the IPE experience resulted in a positive perception of self-identity with 92% of students either strongly agreeing (55%) or agreeing (37%) with the survey question. Of the remaining students 1% disagreed, 1 % strongly disagreed and 6% felt the experience was neutral on perception of self-identify. As interprofessional collaboration is critical for complex patient care it is important that students understand their professional identity and their role in patient care and early clinical experiences can be help achieve this goal.