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.
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.