Lightning Talk

The Rural and Underserved Services Track (TRUST): A Novel Student-Faculty-Patient-Community Collaboration to Train the Next Generation of Health Care Providers

Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm CDT
Interprofessional practice and education (IPE)

The Rural and Underserved Services Track (TRUST) is a two year student-engaged program and curriculum, composed of pharmacy, social work, medical, and nursing students from Binghamton University and SUNY Upstate Medical University. Students participate in ten service learning activities, alongside eight learning retreats where students, healthcare professionals, patients, and faculty collaborate to address the needs of marginalized patient populations. The overall purpose of this program is to train students (TRUST Scholars) to have the skills to provide compassionate healthcare to unique patient populations via effective interprofessional teamwork.

The goal of this Lightning Talk is to share our model curriculum and learning outcomes. Assessments and reflections are collected from students at multiple points throughout the TRUST program; assessments are collected from Scholars at three time points throughout the program and post-retreat reflections are collected from Scholars at the end of each retreat, with our talk focusing on the latter. Each learning retreat follows a general format consisting of a pre-retreat assignment, retreat introduction, panel discussion, clinical skill and case study. Four-hundred and seventy-eight quotes were retrospectively analyzed from student post-retreat reflections and ascribed to the components of the TRUST program and TRUST learning objectives. Quotes were most often ascribed to the panel discussions (25.5%) or the retreat as a whole (38.3%). Overall, only 279 (58.4%) quotes were ascribed to TRUST learning objectives, with “interprofessional team” (22.5%), “ethics and cultural sensitivity” (26.5%), “barriers to care” (17.1%), and “current and emerging health issues” (19.0%) occurring the most frequently. These areas were likely the most impactful for students and represent potential for impacting various components of the Quadruple Aim. This novel interprofessional program has had positive outcomes for students, faculty, and the community, with potential for dissemination across varied IPE settings.