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SUMMER 2015 COMMUNIQU 1 INTERPROFESSIONAL EDUCATION promoting teamwork communication by Laura Probyn Exposing future health care providers seeking careers as nurses doctors pharmacists physician assistants or others to teamwork helps them learn about their own responsibilities and the roles of those with whom theyll be working. This idea of interprofessional education or IPE is not new but its recently gained new attention. MSUCOM students have the chance to explore interprofessional education in team-based settings. One of the most visible is through activities in the Learning and Assessment Center LAC which is a state- of-the-art simulation environment on the sixth oor of East Fee Hall. We love facilitating interprofessional education in the LAC said Mary Kay Smith director. I am certain the LAC educators and MSUCOM faculty would agree with me they are some of the most fullling activities to facilitate because of the energy that is generated by the different groups of learners. When we debrief after the activity theres a lot of sharing that occurs. The students gain a greater understanding and appreciation for their own professions and also other professions with which theyll work in the future. Students who took part in a recent LAC experience agreed with her. It provides a nice opportunity to meet and work with future colleagues said Elizabeth Cleary Class of 2018 who participated in a recent airway intubation experience. We dont have much exposure to the other students and these experiences create a safe learning space for all of us as future health care providers to learn how we will eventually be working together. It starts the foundation for a team-based approach to health care. Learning in IPE activities is not limited to technical skills. I think that these sorts of events offer exciting opportunities for learning by all involved said Chris Mattson Class of 2018. The greatest value probably exists in how these events emphasize communication. These students from other colleges havent had the same lectures or the same labs as my classmates and as such clear communication is more critical than ever just like actual clinical experiences. In addition to providing a safe environment to interact with their peers from the other colleges IPE skill-building at the LAC takes learning-by-doing to a new level of reection. In an IPE experience were exploring concepts such as communication and collaboration among health care providers. Examples are difcult conversations and conict resolution said Smith. In addition if a mistake is made how is it handled They are all taking care of the same patient but through different perspectives and looking through different lenses. MSUCOMs Deborah Young and Rosemarie Tolson both assistant professors are collaborating with faculty members from the MSU College of Nursing on a three-year 736000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support development of IPE for faculty and students. Now in its second year the grant which includes faculty development and clinical experiences for osteopathic residents nursing graduate students and fourth-year students in the Ferris State University College of Pharmacy will include online modules that focus on shared learning. These online modules are designed to provide a common framework and starting reference point for our various departments to integrate these tenets Young said. While these elements have been in the curricula previously the recent incorporation into accreditation standards has helped the college prioritize integrating these more consistently. Promoting team-based care for patients is a natural idea to Young who earned her Pharm.D. at the University of Michigan and is on the faculty in the MSU Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. In my training we always talked about the team approach to taking care of the patient and patient-centered medicine and we had very detailed curriculum on communication and leadership she said. With the recent changes to the MSUCOM curriculum and the continuing modications being made I see those concepts being integrated into courses and integrative reasoning sessions for our future physicians as well. Young likes to frame the concept of interprofessional education from the standpoint of learning to work together to do whats best for the patient. I always bring it back to the patient and say What are the patients needs and If youre not the best one to be addressing that need who is Lets talk to them. FEATURES