Lightning Talk

Introducing Interprofessional Roles/Responsibilities and Ethical Decision Making Through Virtual Collaboration Utilizing Guided Questions and a COVID-19 Case Discussion

Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm CDT
ethicscollaborative practice

Interprofessional education (IPE) has established itself as an integral component in the design of many health profession programs. The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) competency domains form the pillars to IPE. Of these domains, there is sparce literature in values/ethics domain, especially on a virtual platform, a platform that academia has heavily utilized since the pandemic. We explored virtual interprofessional collaboration utilizing guided questions and a COVID-19 case discussion to introduce the interprofessional domains of roles/responsibilities and values/ethics, to 303 medical and pharmacy students. Students were assigned to interprofessional teams of 4-5 students with at least one representing each profession. In their interprofessional teams, learners developed a vaccine distribution priority list based on a provided list of different populations and the number of available vaccine doses. Teams then presented their recommendations during a faculty facilitated large group debrief. Students also engaged in small group discussion in answering guided questions about each profession’s roles/responsibilities. Large group debrief provided clarification of roles/responsibilities. This Lightning Talk describes the nuts and bolts as well as the lessons learned in developing a virtual interprofessional collaboration activity using guided questions and a case discussion. While this exercise included medical and pharmacy students, it lends itself to a variety of health profession programs. Additionally, the exercise lends itself to discussions beyond COVID-19 to general bioethical cases where students must determine how best to distribute healthcare resources in a difficult situation. The presentation particularly benefits health profession programs interested in exposing their students to the IPEC domains of roles/responsibilities and values/ethics in an interprofessional active learning experience. This also benefits health profession programs in situations where virtual learning is optimal; for example, engaging students in IPE from two geographically distant programs.