Today's complex medical care requires the skills of healthcare teams that include nurses and allied health professionals in addition to doctors.
“Unfortunately, interprofessional education and learning about teamwork have been lagging behind this need,” says Dr. Michael Picchioni, Director, Medical Student Clerkships in the department of medicine.
Two Baystate projects that address this need have received 2015 Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) Innovations in Education grants.
Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy Trainees Collaborate
Dr. Picchioni’s project, “Collaborating at the Bedside: A Curriculum for Interprofessional Education,” seeks to enhance medical student training by working with educators in the nursing and pharmacy residency programs to teach trainees in each profession together about teamwork.
Using simulation exercises specifically designed to maximize the interdependence of the different professions, trainees will solidify their knowledge by actually working together in teams to do clinical problem solving. The goal is for medical students to understand the complementary contributions that each profession can make.
Medical and Respiratory Therapy Students Learn Together
Mary Jo Farmer, MD, PhD is the primary investigator on the second grant, “A Pilot Project to Train Medical Students and Respiratory Therapy Students in Mechanical Ventilation.”
Recognizing that it is essential for multidisciplinary teams to understand the roles of their colleagues in caring for their critically ill patients, Dr. Farmer's project aims to help members of the respiratory and medical teams understand each other’s responsibilities beginning at the training level.
Medical students and respiratory therapy students will be introduced to principles of mechanical ventilation as they participate together in didactic and clinical bedside sessions, and will work together to develop and implement an appropriate plan to care for the patient requiring mechanical ventilation.
Innovations in Education Intramural Grant program is designed to promote and support teaching innovations developed by TUSM faculty that will enhance the core educational programs and overall mission of the medical school.