Interprofessional Training For Medical Students

interprofession  Interdisciplinary teamwork has been shown to lead to improved patient outcomes as well as greater job satisfaction for the healthcare workers involved.  Consequently, there is increased interest in providing interprofessional education (IPE) for medical students.  University of Toronto initiated a “Transition to Clerkship” course for third-year medical students to prepare them for working with other healthcare professionals (HCPs) on the wards.  The intent of this course is to improve interprofessional relationships and facilitate positive attitudinal changes toward HCPs.  The students shadowed a variety of HCPs in the hospital and then provided feedback on their experience.  A large majority of students responded that the experiences improved their understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the professions that they shadowed and that the experience left them better equipped to communicate with the various HCPs.  The students felt that this experience was a valuable component of their education. Lee Ann Schein, Ph.D.

Daniel M. Shafran , Lisa Richardson & Mark Bonta, A Novel Interprofessional Shadowing Initiative for Senior Medical Students, Med Teach. 2015 Jan;37(1):86-9.

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