Lightning Talk

The Lost Frontier of IPE Implementation - an Approach to Train Facilitators and Standardized Actors for Interprofessional Education (IPE) Experiences

Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm CDT

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.