Lightning Talk

Implementing an Interprofessional Telehealth Curriculum in an Academic Medical Center

Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

The COVID-19 pandemic forced a pivotal change for healthcare educational institutions, wherein courses needed to both accommodate COVID19 precautions as well as reflect emerging health care practice trends. Adoption of virtual learning spaces and telehealth curricula addressed these needs. This Lightning Talk, in alignment with the Nexus Summit’s theme and with the Quadruple Aim, will describe one University’s process for translating a classroom-based, web-enhanced interprofessional education (IPE) course into a fully online curriculum which enrolled over 700 students from 17 health care professions during the 2020-2021 academic year. Further, it will outline how the fully online course leveraged telehealth to facilitate partnerships between interprofessional learners and community partners.
The fully online IPE course operationalized the same learning objectives and student learning outcomes as the previous classroom based, web-enhanced course. Learning activities and evaluation tools were re-designed to replicate experiential portions of the in-person course. Learners and community participants were trained in telehealth to maintain the course’s service-learning community partnerships, which occurred with voluntary community members living with one or more chronic health conditions. This took place prior to student teams (n = 124) engaging with community participants through three student-led telehealth sessions. These sessions comprehensively applied Interprofessional Educational Collaborative domains.
Students demonstrated statistically significant improvement in Interprofessional Collaborative Competency Attainment Survey (ICCAS) scores t512 = 11.21 to 19.10, P < 0.01, validating the achievement of interprofessional competencies with the fully online curriculum. Further, the novel inclusion of telehealth resulted in: students and community participants demonstrating a statistically significant increase in perceived competency to use telehealth services; and increased perceived wellness as assessed via the Adult Wellbeing Assessment.
By attending this talk, participants will be able integrate and apply strategies for their university to develop a fully online course and incorporate telehealth into their IPE curriculum.