Facilitating and Evaluating a Interprofessional Elective on Global Health Issues Ranit Beck (MSc OT ‘07) Brian Cooper (MSc OT ‘07) Beth MacMillan (MSc OT ‘07) Alex Harris (BNSc ‘08) Supervisor: Margo Paterson In the Beginning … Why this project? On campus - large interest in international health Limited opportunities for interprofessional education Last year Build upon pilot project to include a more varied mix of speakers and students The Elective: “Health in the Global Context” 8 Guest speakers Representing Medicine, Nursing & Rehab Focus group/case study session The 95 participants: applications 28 chosen 8 Rehab, 12 Medicine, 8 Nursing Evaluation 24 participants completed the course Pre and Post course questionnaire Interprofessional Education Perception Scale (IEPS) (Luecht et al., 1990) Questions developed by QUIPPED Weekly short reflection Focus groups Concepts that Emerged 1) Sharing a Common Interest "I just think it's nice to let people find a common interest and work from there to integrate the backgrounds of the different disciplines as opposed to…if there were an evening elective on 'working with other disciplines', I don't think you'd get such a great attendance". Concepts that Emerged 2) Global Sharing Similar Goals “…we all come with our specialties from our discipline but in the end what I got from the presentations was that they’re all doing the same thing… we’re all trying to get to the same goal.” Role Blurring Health as a Vehicle for IPE “…I don’t feel that I gained a better perspective of what each professional does here, but it’s bettered my understanding of how they could contribute here.” Value of Teamwork “Promoting strong partnerships and mutual respect between different professions seems essential…the only way to make a positive, sustainable impact in care abroad is by working together.” Concepts that Emerged 3) Perceived Empowerment of one’s own profession: Implications for Practice “From a first year nursing perspective, I thought that nurses were kind of the bottom of the barrel when it comes to the chain but I found out now that there really isn’t a chain and that my opinion on things can matter.” Building respect for other professions: “Being aware of [other professions’] potential contributions in an international context, no one profession has any more power or any more influence than any other discipline which is something that [I’d] originally thought.” Perceived Implications for Practice (cont.) Challenging Stereotypes: [Other professions] were setting policy and leading trips overseas whereas the traditional models have, if anything, a physician lead a team like that…Whereas [HGC] has given me a better understanding of why would we work towards having [IP] teams internationally.” Establishing Relationships and Trust “…it just made me realize that you have to work so much more together cause you do have different views on how you tackle a problem, so I though that was really beneficial to see how that happens.” Strengths of a Student-Run Initiative Building Leaders Integration of students from diverse groups Driven by student interest Facilitate students to actively take ownership of their education Increase socialization Socialization beyond the classroom Fewer limitations than those found in standard IPE curriculum Cost effectiveness Administrative organization Students are equal Recommendations More focus on practical and narrative presentations Speakers should expand further on their experiences working within a team Increase inter-professional socialization Assign groups from day 1 Include more of an orientation at the beginning Thank-you! Questions?