Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
at Washington University Medical Campus

Phase II

Standardized Patient Team Experience 

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This session is a hands-on experience with multiple health care professions (medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy and physical therapy). Students practice novel ways a health care team might function to effectively and efficiently care for a hospitalized patient/client. IPE student teams determine how to work together to take a history and physical and develop a discharge plan for a standardized patient. The experience is then debriefed by an IPE faculty team and the standardized patient. The goal for this session is to develop an integrated, interprofessional discharge plan that reflects the roles and strengths of each member of the care team as well as the needs of the patient. This experience was initiated in 2009 with medicine and nursing students and has since been expanded and adapted based on feedback from participants and the curriculum team. This experience is being modified to expand to more learners and better fit the needs of all program’s curriculum, and will launch in Spring 2022. The revised experience will run continuously throughout the year with various programs being represented based on each school’s academic calendar.  Professions who are not participating in a session will still be represented using facilitation questions to highlight their role and contributions to the team. 

Membership:
  • Tammy Burlis, PT, DPT, CCS, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Dennis Chang, MD, MD Program, Washington University School of Medicine 
  • Rebecca Claxton, DNP, RN, Goldfarb School of Nursing
  • Jennifer Griffith, MD, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Heather Hageman, MBA, Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
  • Jan Hanson, PhD, EdS, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Jill Johnson, PT, DPT, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Lauren Milton, OTD, OTR/L, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Angela McConachie, DNP, RN, FNP-C, Goldfarb School of Nursing
  • Dusty Scheper, BSN, RN, Goldfarb School of Nursing
  • Alison Stevens, Pharm.D., BCPS, University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy
  • Julie Woodhouse, MEd, RN, CHSE, Director of Immersive Learning Centers, Washington University School of Medicine

Transitions of Care

In the Spring of 2018, CIPE piloted an innovative IPE experience focused on the transitions of care process to determine the feasibility of incorporating the experience into all programs’ curricula. In addition, coordinators wished to gain student insight into the value of the experience to generate ideas for future expansion of experiential offerings. 

Twenty-five students, five from each profession (medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and physical therapy), volunteered to participate in the pilot. The pilot was structured into three phases. Learners completed the first phase on their own by reviewing two online cases focused on transitions of care. The St. Louis College of Pharmacy provided funding for use of the CareCases software from CaseNetwork®. Themes of the cases centered on medication management and transition planning/ information transfer. Learners received discussion questions to prepare for the in-class session that followed. 

The second phase consists of an in-class discussion session.  Each learner is assigned to an interprofessional group with one learner from each profession. All groups discussed both cases during the two-hour class session, and the experience ended with a large group debrief presentation emphasizing best practices and important takeaway points from each case. 

The last phase of the pilot is an experiential activity. Each interprofessional group meets with a medical resident facilitator to walk through a simulated discharge on a hospitalized patient. The facilitator highlights issues to address for facilitating a safe discharge.

Annually since the pilot, a modified version of the case exercise has been incorporated as an IPE session in the IPE Transitions of Care course in the pharmacy curriculum and as an elective experience for the other programs (medicine, nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy). To learn more about the pilot click here. 

Objectives:
  • Recognize the individual’s professional role during transitions of patient/client care.
  • Identify barriers to safe transitions of care.
  • Evaluate effective strategies to enhance safety and improve communication during care transitions.

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Membership:

Maggie Bland, DPT, Program in Physical Therapy, Washington University School of Medicine

Dennis Chang, MD, MD Program, Washington University School of Medicine

Pat Nellis, MBA, OTR/L, Program in Occupational Therapy, Washington University School of Medicine

Pamela Newland, PhD, RN, CMSRN, Goldfarb School of Nursing

Alison Stevens, Pharm.D., BCPS, University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy

Amy Tiemeier, Pharm. D., BCPS, University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy