Introducing Interprofessional Simulation

Wed, 2013-03-27 12:54 -- mlflude

Here are some ways to introduce interprofessional simulation into an undergraduate health sciences program.

Here is how you can introduce interprofessional simulation into an undergraduate health sciences program:

  1. Start small: Introduce one simulation into a course at a time and do it well. Use instructor and learner feedback to improve the simulation for the next group of learners.
  2. Consider adapting a uniprofessional simulation for an interprofessional group of learners: Again, start small by adding one additional discipline, then, if appropriate, add another.
  3. Include faculty from each discipline that will be involved in an interprofessional simulation throughout the development, implementation, and evaluation phases.
  4. Trial new simulations with a volunteer group of students to iron out the bugs.
  5. Integrate each new simulation into a specific course within each participating discipline to ensure sustainability.
  6. Due to scheduling differences between the disciplines, all students may not be able to participate in each interprofessional simulation; however, all students should have the opportunity to participate in some each year.

(Reference: Luctkar-Flude M et al.  Simulation-Based Interprofessional Health Sciences Education: Six Years Experience.  Poster presented at IMSH 2012.)