Lightning Talk Description: Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, in collaboration with six health professions schools at Rutgers School of Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), hosts students preparing to enter independent clinical practice in the Special Populations Interprofessional Care Experiences (SPICE) case conferences. The simulated interprofessional case conferences seek to engage teams of advanced learners and close the gap between education and practice. Cases are designed so all professions can contribute to care of the patient; students engage in small group discussion with at facilitators from at least two professions.
An overarching goal of the SPICE case conferences is to develop future healthcare professionals who have the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to engage effectively to address the medically complex and special needs populations in a collaborative practice environment with attention to social determinants of health. Prior to the pandemic, the case conferences were held on-campus; since Fall 2020, case conferences have been conducted in a virtual format utilizing video conferencing.
After the case conference, a short survey is sent to the students; the survey seeks to gather feedback on the case conference experience, including applicability of the case to their profession, perception of professional hierarchies and stereotypes in the case conference, and learning of roles and responsibilities in the experience. Analysis of five years of case conference survey data representing 1372 in-person and 843 virtual attendees was conducted by a dental student engaged in a summer research program with dental school faculty.
This analysis compares student perceptions of their participation in simulated interprofessional case conferences across the in-person and virtual modalities (RBHS IRB Pro2016000035 and Pro20150001972). The survey data was analyzed utilizing two-way ordinal regression and post-hoc analysis. This evaluation found students’ perceptions of the case conferences to be more positive in the virtual format. For example, students were more likely to indicate all professions contributed to the case discussion and students were more aware of the roles and responsibilities of other professions in the virtual setting compared to the in-person setting. Additionally, students’ responses indicated less prevalence of stereotypes and hierarchy amongst the professions in the virtual setting. This analysis suggests virtual formats are strong option for conducting interprofessional education programs, and IPE programs may benefit from reduced geographic and time barriers with virtual modalities.
The Lightning Talk will review these outcomes in detail, as well as suggest best practices for conducting virtual interprofessional education experiences from the student perspective.
In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Office of Interprofessional Continuing Professional Development (National Center OICPD). The National Center OICPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
As a Jointly Accredited Provider, the National Center is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The National Center maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive continuing education credits.
The National Center OICPD (JA#: 4008105) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers (ATs).
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.
Physicians: The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education designates this live activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with their participation.
Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Nurses: Participants will be awarded contact hours of credit for attendance at this workshop.
Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: This activity is approved for contact hours.
Athletic Trainers: This program is eligible for Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
Social Workers: As a Jointly Accredited Organization, the National Center is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The National Center maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive continuing education credits.
IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
Learners can claim CE credit by completing the Daily Evaluation.