Lightning Talk Description:: The past two years have brought a succession of unprecedented changes. From the global pandemic to the world-wide response to racial injustice, interprofessional education (IPE) has been tasked with responding to multiple challenges. From design to debriefing, all aspects of IPE events required adaptation. Through virtual collaborations, faculty development, and consideration of systemic racism and social determinants of health, the University of Pittsburgh successfully moved a large, in-person, introductory event to a virtual setting with contemporary themes.

The Interprofessional Forum is a required introduction to IPE for all first-year health professions students, reaching students from 11 different professions. Historically held in-person in a large auditorium and using a simulated patient (SP) to portray an older adult with multiple chronic conditions, the event underwent major changes in 2019 and 2020, respectively: first moving to a small group, in-person format; and second, moving to a virtual format due to Covid-19-related restrictions. Increased awareness of systemic racism in the health care system and safety for people of color required deliberate action.

The revised event highlighted the case of a Black woman recovering from hospitalization for Covid-19. The original SP case was modified with stakeholder input to ensure respectful representation of the community. Student groups (n=35), led by 70 facilitators, observed a virtual office visit between the patient and her primary care physician. Guided by the IPEC Core Competencies, students developed a team-based approach to her needs, while addressing her experiences of systemic racism during interactions with providers in the health care system. This new event has reached 24% more students than the previous one (n = 749 to n= 930) by including branch campus and remote learners. Pre-post scores on all items of the Interprofessional Collaboration Competency Attainment Scores improved. Student reflection via "take-home points” resulted in valuable qualitative feedback.