Setting them up for success: Using diverse interprofessional curricular experiences to prepare students for interprofessional practice during clinical internships.


Developing skills for interprofessional practice is a clear goal for full time clinical internships, however, as with other clinical skillsets, students need to be able to hit the ground running to take full advantage of interprofessional opportunities. The purpose of this educational session is to describe the use of a variety of interprofessional educational experiences throughout both the diactic and ICE experiences to prepare students to actively engage in interprofessional practice during their fulltime clinical internships.

Methods and/or Description of Project

In this session we will describe a variety of interprofessional educational experiences that we have integrated into our didactic and ICE experiences highlighting 1) integrated laboratory experiences with traditional and nontraditional IPE partners 2) teaching interprofessional student teams about Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) competencies 3) interprofessional team practice simulation with standardized patients , and 4) laboratory series with team clinical decision making for patients invited into lab sessions. We will describe student outcomes related to each IPE experience.


Prior to entering their fulltime clinical internships, students have had the opportunity to learn with, from, and about several traditional and non-traditional discipline including students and faculty from occupational therapy, nursing, audiolgy, speech language pathology, genetic counseling, social work, dentistry, medicine, pharmacology, law, and computer science. Through these experiences students have had the opportunity to learn about roles, practice team communication and most importantly practice team clinical reasoning with simulated and guest patients all prior to entering their fulltime clinical internships.

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

Interprofessional education experiences are valuable additions to the DPT curriculum that generates a level of comfort and confidence among DPT students working as part of an interprofessional team prior to their exposure in the clinical setting.


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Course Objectives

1. Understand the role of IPE in physical therapy education and how to integrate into existing curriculum
2. Identify a minimum of 2 strategies to develop novel interprofessional educational experiences
3. Identify a minimum of 2 learning opportunities for PT students to collaborate with other professionals (within and outside of the healthcare system)

Instructional Methods

Lecture and small group discussion

Tentative Outline/Schedule

1. Principles of Interprofessional Education and the IPEC Core Competencies (15 min)
2. IPE in physical therapy education (10 min)
3. Overview of IPE curriculum implemented in DPT program (40 min)
4. Review of outcomes of IPE program (20 min)
5. Summary of strengths, areas for improvement, recommendations for future experiences (20 min)
6. Small group discussion, Question and Answers (15 min)

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  • Control #: 2749133
  • Type: Educational Session
  • Event/Year: ELC2017
  • Authors: Dr. Karen Gordes, Sandy Waller, Dr. Laurie Neely, Dr. Linda Horn
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