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


Statement of Issue:

With the increasing emphasis on interprofessional teamwork in healthcare, the need to train future health care professionals to work together as a functional team to provide patient-centered care is clear. Limited information exists regarding education of health care students and teamwork training.1,2 This research evaluates student team performance.


Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) offers a unique, two-year program emphasizing delivery of patient-centered care and providing valuable skill development by pairing interprofessional student teams with a Health Mentor (HM). The HM is an adult community volunteer with one or more chronic health condition(s). Student teams include representatives from couple and family therapy, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, and physician assistant. The purpose of this study is to evaluate how the HMs perceive their student teams over time by using the Jefferson Teamwork Observation Guide (JTOG), a survey tool based upon the Interprofessional Education (IPE) Core Competencies.3