Over the last three years, a dual university virtual interprofessional education (IPE) experience focused on the topic of improving LGBTQ+ healthcare was successfully implemented for counseling, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and physician assistant students with a high degree of student satisfaction for this learning experience. The purpose of this Lightning Talk, however, is to discuss an aspect of IPE implementation that is often overlooked - facilitator and standardized actor training. This topic is applicable to the conference theme of Interprofessional Learning for Collaborative Practice and Education since quality training for both facilitators and standardized actors is needed to ensure a meaningful, consistent, and impactful student learning experience. In any interprofessional activity, facilitators will come from a variety of professional backgrounds; institutions; comfort and familiarity with IPE; and personal experiences. To ensure consistency and maximal learning, facilitator and actor training should be a thoughtful and deliberate process. Despite its importance, training of both facilitators and standardized actors is not always developed and implemented in a systematic way, leaving room for potentially inconsistent learning experiences. Additionally, faculty training for IPE activities is not an aspect that is detailed in the literature yet it is a crucial puzzle piece within IPE experience development. It is our intention to move this conversation forward and provide the audience with an outline of our multifaceted approach and its evolution. In particular, the lightning talk will be divided into two key components - our overall approach to facilitator and standardized actor training and lessons learned over the last three years of implementation. This Lightning Talk will help address the gap in the training approaches for facilitators and standardized actors. Most importantly, the discussion will allow the audience to brainstorm how they could improve this critical component within their own IPE experience development and implementation.
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.