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


In October 2014 I participated in a TeamSTEPPS® interprofessional (IP) learning activity that has already positively affected my performance in my first clinical field-work rotation. An IP team of professors from the nursing, occupational therapy, medicine, and pharmacy programs hosted the learning activity. Potential difficulty of cross-disciplinary interaction was noted from the beginning as students from each discipline sat in groups despite encouragement to split up. However, with direction from the professors, we formed small interdisciplinary groups and participated in a teamwork-focused icebreaker followed by a lecture about the origins and techniques of the TeamSTEPPS® system. After the lecture we broke into teams and completed two simulated patient encounters in which we were to practice using TeamSTEPPS® language. The Learning Activity ended with a final group session in which the simulation actors reflected upon our teamwork and how they felt during the encounters.