At Stanford medical school, students are required to participate in Interprofessional Education (IPE) during their first and second years of academic preparation. IPE in the first year is completed through three different models; this program is led by a Sara Stafford, MSN, RN, PCCN. First, the students attend an introductory session that is co-facilitated by a bedside Registered Nurse (RN) and an attending medicine physician (MD). During this session, the students are given an introduction to the reasons why IPE is important and how learning this information can impact their future work as practicing physicians. Using case-based learning design, the students are given a scenario where a patient arrives at the hospital suffering from a stroke. The students are presented different points of the patient’s journey and how other professionals are the leaders of the healthcare team depending on where the patient is at in their experience. One aspect of the case study showcases the fictional patient’s husband who is having to cope with his spouse’s new diagnosis and has started drinking alcohol heavily. The students are then prompted to identify which professional would be best suited to assist with this part of the patient’s plan of care.
For the next part of the experience, the students are then matched with a professional in the hospital with the intention of observing the themes introduced during the introductory session. The facilitators are recruited through means of word of mouth, information booths at Shared Leadership, and previous participation in programs at the medical school. Through a targeted recruitment method, the bedside inpatient RN facilitator participation, increased from ten to fifty-three. The facilitators are provided with direction through being provided with objectives developed during the planning session for the experience. This is by far the favorite part of the entire program and through their evaluations, the students surveyed this aspect as the most valuable. Out of n=67, 54 students responded to the question: “Rate the overall value of the ONE IPE component you were assigned: Nursing” on a Likert scale of 1-5, poor to excellent, the score assigned was 4.13 and the overall score for the Interprofessional Team Care was a 4.12.
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