Collaborative Healthcare: Interprofessional Practice, Education and Evaluation (JCIPE)


The 2019 "Guidance on Developing Quality Interprofessional Education (IPE) for the Health Professions" suggests that intentional IPE should be built with outcomes-based goals, deliberate design, and assessment throughout. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, we created an art-based activity to initiate IPE early in the curriculum, in order to expose students to other professional colleagues, and also to raise awareness of how unintentional biases can be created before class activities begin. For that reason, we designed, implemented, and evaluated an interactive art event during the orientation process for incoming health professional students. In partnership with our colleagues at the Ackland Art Museum, students were given a series of art activities (back-to-back drawing, close looking and collective problem solving, and personal response) to engage them in raising awareness of their roles in healthcare, the value of teamwork and collaboration, and understanding the patient's story through artistic design. Each activity was carefully planned with health professional experts and the museum directors for academic and university programs, and mapped to IPEC competencies. A formalized debrief was led by expert faculty in partnership with the art team. Descriptive themes (appreciation, value, respect, humility) and conceptual themes (communication diverse perspectives, teamwork/team-based care, whole-patient care) were identified through qualitative analysis of open-ended questions, of how they ended up on this particular path.