Lightning Talk

Transforming Health Care Education One Team at a Time: Project-Based Learning Through the T3 Interprofessional Team Development Program

Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT
Interprofessional Team Development Program

The Train-the-Trainer Interprofessional Team Development Program (T3-ITDP) is a national professional development program for interprofessional teams of health professions educators, clinicians, and administrators. Institutional teams each consisting of three or more members representing at least two professions participate in an interactive 3.5-day training designed to immerse trainees in the design, implementation, and assessment of evidence-based IPE activities and programming. Core to the program is the integration of project-based learning as part of the learning pedagogy. Teams apply the concepts and skills gained each day to develop an IPE project they identified as priority for their respective institutions. Project-based learning, applied in a rapid, outcomes-driven timeline of 3.5 days, accelerates the team building needed to promote higher order thinking and problem-solving skills in a collaborative environment. Simultaneously, learning about, with, and from each other through a community of practice model is created between teams from different institutions. As a result, participants are provided with the knowledge and skills needed to lead, develop, and implement effective IPE and collaborative practice (IPECP) activities and programs at their home institutions. Since its inception in November 2015 more than 110 teams (550+ participants) have come to 4 regional training hubs from institutions across the U.S. and internationally.
The theme “Building the IPE Case Through Information, Evidence, and Outcomes” will be addressed by providing evidence supporting the efficacy of project-based learning as an approach to enhance IPECP team training. This evidence is derived from a study published in 2021 in which the impact of the T3-ITDP on the implementation of interprofessional education and interprofessional collaborative practice is described.
A project-based approach to learning can help facilitators engage interprofessional teams to think deeply about the program content and encourage the development of essential critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills.