Translating Interprofessional Education to Interprofessional Practice: Creating a Culture of Team Based Care


The purpose of this educational session is to outline academic interprofessional education (IPE) and various structured interprofessional practice (IPP) opportunities to prepare students for team based care.

Methods and/or Description of Project

The benefits of interprofessional education have been well outlined by the World Health Organization since 1988.1 IPE and IPP opportunities are integral in preparing students for clinical practice in the current health care environment. While academic institutions are responsible for IPE, it is imperative that they collaborate with clinical facilities to offer valuable IPP opportunities. New CAPTE criteria has placed an emphasis on IPE and IPP; therefore making it essential that not only academic institutions teach IPE but that students experience IPP during clinical internships. In this education session, we will outline various structured opportunities available to students during clinical internships to enhance IPP. We will also describe student opinions regarding IPP collected after completion of internships at these clinical facilities.


After completing internships, students completed a survey regarding their opinions towards IPP and team based care. Greater than 94% either agreed or strongly agreed that after their experience at these facilities that IPP enhanced their clinical problem solving skills and that learning from other disciplines made them a more effective member of the healthcare team. 100% agreed or strongly agreed that patients would ultimately benefit from a team-based approach.

Conclusions/Relevance to the conference theme: Through the Looking Glass: Transforming Physical Therapy Education

After completing clinical internships where IPP is emphasized, students had a positive opinion about team based care and a good understanding of their role on the healthcare team. These learning activities are focused to prepare students for the ever-changing healthcare environment in order to provide quality care and improve patient outcomes.


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Course Objectives

At the completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Define the difference between interprofessional education and interprofessional practice
2. List classroom and lab activities that enhance interprofessional education
3. List structured interprofessional practice opportunities that can be included in clinical internships
4. Describe the advantages of interprofessional education and interprofessional practice

Instructional Methods

lecture, question and answer

Tentative Outline/Schedule

Introduction: 5 minutes
Interprofessional Education in 2 different academic settings: 25 minutes
Interprofessional Practice Opportunities for Students in 3 different clinical settings: 45 minutes total
Acute Care: 15 minutes
Inpatient Rehab: 15 minutes
Outpatient Rehab: 15 minutes
Conclusions: 5 minutes
Questions/Answers: 10 minutes

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  • Control #: 2740297
  • Type: Educational Session
  • Event/Year: ELC2017
  • Authors: Michelle Gorman, Carly Funk, Naomi Price-Miller, Dr. Laurie Neely
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