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IPE Case Presentations and Panel Discussion


On June 2nd, 48 Doctor of Pharmacy and Advanced Practice Nursing trainees in the PHARM 549 course, “Pharmacotherapeutics for Older Adults,” had an opportunity to present patient care plans in interprofessional teams to a panel of healthcare professionals and discuss the case from each profession’s perspective.

In preparation for these presentations and case discussion, trainees first participated in a simulated patient interview with a standardized patient, played by an elderly man, on May 26. They received part of the patient’s medical history ahead of time and then had the opportunity to speak with him in person in class to further investigate his case.

After the simulated patient interview, interprofessional teams of Doctor of Pharmacy and Advanced Practice Nursing trainees worked together to develop care plans. They determined where they saw areas of concern in the case, how someone in their profession would address these concerns, and how they could work with a family-centered team to provide care. On June 2nd, the teams presented their patient care plans to a panel of healthcare professionals and discuss the case from each profession’s perspective. The panel consisted of Phyllis Christianson from the School of Nursing and Carol Crawford from the School of Pharmacy. Charlotte Sanders from the School of Social Work was available via email to answer questions from trainees related to the perspective of Social Workers in this case.

Dr. Nanci Murphy shared, “I think both sessions provided great learning opportunities for our students. They practiced both their clinical and team-based competencies (see IPEC Core Competencies) by interviewing a standardized patient with a complex medication list, developing a comprehensive care plan, and presenting their team's recommendations to a panel of experts.”

The IPEC Core Competencies identified for this session included:

* Place the interests of patients and populations at the center of interprofessional health care.

* Work in cooperation with those who receive care and those who provide care to patients.

* Develop a trusting relationship with patients, families and other team members.

* Listen actively and encourage the ideas and opinions of other team members, patient and family members*

The interprofessional learning opportunities provided in the PHARM 549 course during Spring Quarter began in 2013. Since 2013, Dr. Nanci Murphy and the School of Pharmacy have worked in partnership with the Advanced Practice Nursing program and the Technology-Enhanced Advanced Nursing Practice Grant team, led by Dr. Brenda Zierler, to provide these interprofessional learning opportunities to health professions students and trainees.

*Reference: Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel. (2011). Core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice: Report of an expert panel. Washington, D.C.: Interprofessional Education Collaborative