Interprofessional Education in Physical Therapy: A Hybrid Course at the University of Kansas Medical Center

Purpose : With the increasing complexity of healthcare, interprofessional collaborative practice (ICP) is essential for providing the highest quality of patient care. To prepare health professions students for this collaborative practice environment, their education must address interprofessional (IP) concepts. However, crafting curricula to include beneficial interprofessional learning experiences can be challenging. Interprofessional education (IPE) is part of the strategic plan at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC). The Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science sits in an environment primed for robust IPE and ICP opportunities. The ÒInterprofessional Education in Physical TherapyÓ (IPEPT) course was developed to give DPT students ample and varied opportunities to learn about, from and with other health care professionals from the Schools of Health Professions, Nursing and Medicine at KUMC.Description : Prior to the development of IPEPT, DPT students could voluntarily participate in IPE and ICP opportunities across KUMC. However, participation was limited due in part to no dedicated DPT curricular space, in spite of dramatic increases in requests from other professions for additional DPT student participation. This demand led to the development of IPEPT. IPEPT is a hybrid course including online, classroom, and practical learning experiences. It was designed to develop collaborative practice competent physical therapists. Course objectives integrate the interprofessional collaborative practice core competencies developed by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel (2011). Required learning activities include online modules, IP team- and case-based learning activities, IP clinical practice (Family Medicine and Geriatrics), reflection and debriefing. Student-selected learning opportunities are varied and may include any IP activity available through KUMCÕs campus-wide IPE Passport Program. IPE and ICP activities associated with this course are integrated throughout the entire 3-year DPT curriculum, which allows for greater flexibility.Summary of Use : Prior to the IPEPT course, 17 DPT students participated voluntarily in the Geriatrics Champions Program (GCP). The GCP is an IP case-based, interactive learning program involving nurse practitioners, residents, and social work, pharmacy and DPT students. Six students and 112 hours have been spent successfully in the Interprofessional Teaching Clinic housed in Family Medicine at KU Hospital, which includes nursing, medicine, pharmacy, and DPT students. Now, the IPEPT course requires all DPT students to participate in these, in addition to many other, IP activities at KUMC.Importance to Members: As part of the required curriculum for DPT students at KUMC, the IPEPT course will ensure that learners gain IPE and ICP experience, which will ultimately facilitate the development of collaborative practice ready physical therapists who can more effectively provide high quality, patient-centered, team-based care.

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  • Control #: 1726740
  • Type: Poster
  • Event/Year: CSM2014
  • Authors: Stephen Jernigan, Tarang K. Jain
  • Keywords: Interprofessional Education|Interprofessional Curriculum Content|Interprofessional Practice

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