We will describe virtual interprofessional simulation experiences developed as part of our HRSA-funded Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). The simulations promote interprofessional collaboration by mimicking a tabletop team care-planning process for a complex older adult. These experiences were integrated into the curriculum across disciplines at multiple academic institutions. The education design is scaffolded with didactics as part of the pre-simulation work and a review of the important didactic content on the day of the simulation. Pre-COVID the simulations were held in person, however since COVID all simulations have been conducted virtually. Student progression in interprofessional competencies using the Interprofessional Socialization and Valuing Scale were measured comparing pre and post simulation trainings in the virtual format. Satisfaction with the education was also measured. There were 548 pre surveys and 440 post surveys. Results showed statistically significant improvement in overall interprofessional competencies (mean pre=5.44, mean post=6.10, p< 0.0001). Each item on the ISVS was statistically significantly improved at p< 0.0001. There were 440 responses to the satisfaction survey with 94% of respondents rating the events as good, very good or excellent, as compared to 96% of those who attended in-person simulation events pre-COVID. Of trainees receiving virtual education, 84% agreed that the simulations increased their attitude regarding the benefits of teamwork compared to 96% at in-person events. Additionally, 77% of trainees felt more confident about their ability to work in an actual interprofessional team compared to 90% at in-person events pre-COVID. Although there are logistical and other benefits to virtual simulation events, this data suggests that in-person team interactions are more effective in imparting positive team attitudes and confidence working in teams, and effective teamwork is associated with improved wellness of healthcare staff. Such challenges must be addressed as virtual teams are likely here to stay.
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.