Interprofessional Education at Case Western Reserve University: Curricular Challenges and Meaningful Work

Presented by Terry Wolpaw, MD, MHPE, Sharon E. Milligan, PhD, MSW, MPH, MS, LISW-S, Patricia W. Underwood, PhD,RN,FAAN & Kristin Z. Victoroff, DDS, PhD on February 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Case Western Reserve University’s Health Professions Schools are implementing a series of interprofessional workshops that bring together students from the schools of dental medicine, medicine, nursing and applied social science. In this webinar, we would like to share our lessons learned and successes in implementing an interprofessional workshop on obesity for over 500 students in four health professions, done entirely in small groups. Because we wanted to have an interactive, learner-centered focus for the sessions, students worked in one of 46 small, interprofessional groups, each facilitated by a faculty member from one of the four health professions schools. The webinar will focus on the following elements: 1) central support and clear goals, 2) a small, cohesive interprofessional planning group, 3) a small group workshop format with activities around relationship building, a common patient experience, review of each health profession’s literature, and reflection, 5) evaluation, and 6) lessons learned.

This four-part series is one component of a much larger interprofessional initiative that incorporates classroom, community, and patient care settings. The overall goals for the interprofessional workshops are to bring students together in the small group setting to: 1) interact with peers from other health professions schools; 2) describe the roles/education for each other’s health professions 3) examine select articles from each profession’s literature, and 4) appreciate opportunities for collaboration among our professions to improve outcomes for patients/clients/communities.

The evaluation data has helped us to address the following questions: 1) What do students perceive as salient features of each other’s professions; how do student react to the perceptions of their professions by students from other health professions? 2) What is the nature of the insights that emerge about a topic when learning in an interprofessional group? 3) What opportunities for collaboration do students identify for helping people with obesity? 4) What value do students from four health professions find in interacting together?

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Presenter Bios

Drs. Wolpaw, Milligan, Underwood and Victoroff are associate deans in four health professions schools at Case Western Reserve University. Each is committed to creating meaningful ways for students to interact in interprofessional venues.

Dr. Terry Wolpaw is the Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs at the School of Medicine and was among the core faculty who led the School of Medicine in a major curriculum transformation implemented in 2006 and known as the Western Reserve2 Curriculum. Dr. Wolpaw completed a Master’s degree in Health Professions Education. Her research focuses on the expression of clinical reasoning and uncertainties in case presentations. She has developed the SNAPPS technique for case presentations to preceptors, based on experiential learning theory.

Dr. Sharon Milligan is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. She is also the Associate Director for Education and Community Outreach at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. Her teaching and research interests revolve around the intersection of community development practice and policy for the poor.

Dr. Patricia Underwood is the Executive Vice Dean for Academic Programs at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. He education interests include nursing theory, leadership, health policy and community coalition development. Her research includes stress, coping, and social support as it relates to birth outcomes.

Dr. Kristin Victoroff is the Associate Dean for Education at the School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Victoroff, who has a PhD in organizational behavior, teaches communication and health promotion skills to dental students. She is involved in research related to oral disease prevention and health promotion, with a focus on tobacco cessation.