Moving Towards Interprofessional Education: A Case Study with the Schwartz Center Rounds
The concept of inter-professional education and care (IPE/IPC) has recently returned to the national and international agendas. Diverse programs try to link inter-professional education to quality, well-coordinated inter-professional patient-centered care, aiming to strengthen a relational model of care. In this model, respectful and effective communication among peers, colleagues, and patients are encouraged, and outcomes such as reduction in medical errors and provider and patient satisfaction are supported. Education on student level is not sufficient. The environment, including faculty, staff, and preceptors, must portray a respectful inter-professional practice to address the ‘hidden curriculum’. To enhance IPE in our institution, we used the national project of the Schwartz Center Rounds (SCR), as a unique IPE opportunity where multi-level inter-professional teams can come together to discuss patient care and understand each other’s roles. Over 850 multi-level inter-professional caregivers participated in 9 annual SCR in an academic healthcare setting. The ongoing activity was evaluated by participant surveys. Demographic data, content assessment, and subsequent ideas for system-change were collected. Students and professionals from 6 disciplines participated, including medicine, nursing, allied health, chaplains, social work, and mental health. Over 90% found the activity relevant to their work, and helpful for their understanding of others’ roles. Over 95% stated they would attend similar activities in the future. The SCR provided an ongoing IPC/E forum that was successful in bringing caregivers together, and was highly evaluated by participants. Expanded formats such as the SCR have potential to ‘ripple’ further IPE/C activities in multiple settings. In this workshop we will describe the framework for IPE, and engage in experiential learning with a demo of the Rounds proceeded by discussion and practical applications.
Keywords: Inter-professional Education, Inter-professional Care, Communication, Team Work
Dr. Ruth Margalit
Medical Educator and Clinician, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Dr. Margalit was born in Detroit Michigan and lived most of her life in Israel. She received her Medical Doctorate from the Hebrew University, Hadassah School of Medicine in Jerusalem where she also completed pediatrics and family medicine residencies. Dr. Margalit spent over 4 year at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg school of Public Health in Baltimore where she established her research and teaching interests which include provider-patient communication, patient-centered and relationship-centered care, integrating social justice into medical education, and the promotion of interprofessionalism in health care and healthcare education. Her clinical practice is currently with the OneWorld Community Health Center that serves predominantly underserved, uninsured, Latino population, and with the Siena Francis Homeless Shelter in Omaha.
Director, College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center