Evaluation of an Interprofessional Workshop
for the Student-Run Free Clinic
at Case Western Reserve University
Bruce Kinley MN2, Sarah Wang MS2, Ellen Luebbers MD
The goal of interprofessional learning is to prepare all health professions students for working together, with the common goal of building a safer and better patient-centered and community/population oriented U.S. health care system (Panel, 2011).
Preparing health care professional students for working in patient-centered teams needs to begin early and it has been identified that interdisciplinary teams decrease care costs and increase patient safety and satisfaction (IOM 2001, Allen 2006). Additionally, research on teams and teamwork has suggested that there are tools and strategies that can be taught to health professionals in order to enhance team functioning and thereby improve patient safety (King, 2008).
The CWRU Student-Run Free Clinic (SRFC) is an interprofessional student organization founded and operated by students from the Case Western Reserve University schools of medicine and nursing. The organization operates a free, bi-monthly, acute-care medical clinic that is staffed and operated entirely by CWRU students and volunteer practitioners. The clinic provides free health-care and counseling to underserved populations within the Cleveland community.
Currently, students attend a short orientation to familiarize them with the clinic, but there was confusion around roles and responsibilities and no training about teamwork or interprofessionalism. We created an interprofessional workshop/orientation for first-year graduate nursing and medical student volunteers at the SRFC in order to address these needs.
Will a workshop for healthcare professions student volunteers lead to: • An increased understanding of each other’s training, roles, and responsibilities;
• Increased appreciation for the use of agenda-setting and feedback in the clinical setting;
References: Performance and Patient Safety. 2008:1–16.
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