Interprofessional collaboration matters. Not only does it affect the quality of care clients receive, it affects the work climate and integration of interprofessional education (IPE) in health profession programs across all fields. In order for health practitioners to be effective interprofessional collaborators, interprofessional education (IPE) must be systematically integrated into their curriculum to support the development of foundational knowledge, skills, and core values necessary to navigate Interprofessional Practice (IPP). Students must learn not only how to provide patient care in their discipline, but also how to engage effectually on teams, communicate effectively while honoring the values and ethics of others (patients, etc.), and advocate for their own role and responsibilities in a patient’s care while also understanding and upholding the roles and responsibilities of other professionals. When learned early and practiced often, these essential interprofessional skills will support their professional transition to collaborative, patient-centered practitioners.

This presentation very briefly summarizes two-years of data examining student learning outcomes across seven health professional programs following a one-day interprofessional case study event at James Madison University. Pre- and post-event data was collected about student perceptions of IPE and roles of healthcare team members. Quantitative and qualitative data were integrated to examine opportunities to improve the learning experience and measure learning outcomes. Based on the data gathered from the 2021 event, which was offered virtually due to COVID-19, a more engaging in-person experience was created for the 2022 event. Using a simulation-based approach, we were able to create a space for dynamic discussion among students about their roles and responsibilities in providing patient-centered care.

Specific emphasis will be on the development of video-based simulation used during the 2022 event. Over 150 students engaged in the simulation through a team-based care-plan discussion, while learning about roles and responsibilities of the professions and interprofessional communication.