After the positive feedback from the 2012 Kick-Off event in February, the Institute for Health Care Improvement (IHI) Open School- UW Chapter granted students’ requests for more interprofessional events. On the evening of May 17, 2012, Finn MacCool’s Irish Pub opened its doors to over 50 Medical, Nursing, Master of Health Administration, Pharmacy and Physician’s Assistant students for Trivia Night.
As students arrived they were greeted by the IHI officers, handed a nametag, and given the opportunity to socialize with students from other professions before the game began. Each discipline had a different nametag, allowing people to differentiate their peers by profession.
After the initial greetings, students made their way to the back of Finn’s for trivia. They divided into teams, with each profession represented on each. As students brainstormed ideas for their team names, they socialized and devised strategies for winning the Trivia Night prize.
Medical student Megan Turner hosted the evening’s game. Megan asked a wide variety of questions about pop culture, using light subject matter to encourage team members to bond with their peers and simultaneously get to know the other professions. Many faculty members also attended the event and sat together to cheer on their students.
Over the course of 50 questions, the excitement and good-natured team rivalry grew. When the game concluded and the scores were calculated, it was determined that the team “Noonan’s Loss” won and would be splitting the first-place cash prize of $50.00.
In regards to the evening, pharmacy student Michael Cusumano stated, "I think that our interprofessional collaboration in identifying rap lyrics and naming Beanie Babies proves that there is a bright future for healthcare. In all seriousness, I really enjoyed the opportunity to get out of my pharmacy silo. During our education, we're either going to be laying the foundation for teamwork or turf wars, and we already know that interprofessional teams provide better care. Hopefully, events like this can close the gap formed by our isolated classes and get us excited about working on the same team."