Lightning Talk

University-Healthcare Agency Interprofessional Student Team Experiential Clinical Rotations with People Who Have Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm CDT
clinical experience

To optimize care for individuals with chronic non-oncological blood disorders and their families, it is essential to cultivate a healthcare workforce with the knowledge and skills to provide evidence-based collaborative care. The University at Buffalo Office of Interprofessional Education (UB-IPE) has partnered with a local healthcare agency, Western New York (WNY) BloodCare to develop, implement, and assess an interprofessional clinical training program to enhance students’ knowledge and skills when treating patients with chronic blood disorders using an interprofessional approach. To our knowledge, this is the first interprofessional clinical education program with this population. This lightning talk will focus on the development of the university-agency partnership and the program’s educational model and outcomes. UB-IPE and WNY BloodCare engaged in discussions and site visits over one year to learn about each other and collaboratively developed the program’s goals. The resulting WNY BloodCare Interprofessional Student Team Experiential Rotations (WISTER) program, that will begin in August 2022, has three phases: preparation, participation, and follow-up, each of which has specific assessments and outcomes. Students will complete asynchronous online modules and knowledge assessments about social determinants of health (SDoH) screening, bleeding and clotting disorders and their management, interprofessional team management strategies, and quality improvement (QI). Interprofessional teams of four students will engage in two 8-hr clinical rotations at WNY BloodCare, screening for SDoH, shadowing patients and healthcare professionals, and engaging in interprofessional care conferences. Outcomes include faculty and clinician assessed student knowledge and interprofessional skills, program assessments, patient and agency satisfaction, and workforce development. To ensure students have equal opportunity to participate, stipends will be provided. This UB-IPE partnership with WNY BloodCare provides a model program for interprofessional engagement with community service providers that serves to facilitate students’ ability to provide better patient care and potentially develop an interest in working with this patient population.