Lightning Talk

An Interprofessional Experiential-Learning Curriculum for a Primary Care Focused Student Experience

Sunday, August 21, 2022, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT
Curriculum Development

Primary care is an outstanding clinical setting to orient students to interprofessional education and practice; however, it is frequently overlooked in favor of more popular acute care experiences. The purpose of this Lightning Talk is to describe the development of a flexible curriculum to prepare interprofessional teams of students for primary care practice. The design for the curriculum was based on a pilot program for embedding students from nursing, health coaching, community health, and care coordination into active primary care teams, with very few of the students having any prior experience in primary care.
Throughout the pilot program, students were asked: 1) what would have helped you prepare for this experience, 2) what did you like best, and 3) what could have been done better? Feedback from the students was integrated with literature, accreditation guidelines for diverse professions in primary care, and previous experience preparing hundreds of students for community-based service-learning that closely intersects with primary care practice . Core competency areas included: social determinants of health, health and health care disparities, innovative use of distance technologies for prevention and chronic illness care, as technology, now more than ever, continues to grow in use and need,2 and an emphasis on the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Core Competencies.1 Examples from three curriculum models, from pre-clinical orientation to a primary care residency, will be shared along with examples of teaching-learning strategies . Outcomes of the pilot program from patients and student teams are used to illustrate how the curriculum connects to quality care, especially for vulnerable populations, and both the patient and team experience in primary care.