Interprofessionalism at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is the study and practice of the science of teamwork and roles between various health care providers including student doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and allied health providers.
Students at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine study interprofessionalism throughout their four years. The goal is to have the professions learn to work together and respect one another's roles in health care, so that in future clinical settings, they can work more effectively as a team to improve patient outcomes.
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is the first medical school in the country to integrate interprofessionalism as a requirement across the entire curriculum.
Jefferson College of Health Sciences to include nursing and physician assistant students
Interdisciplinary teams formed of 8 to 9 students
Successful team work
Investigating roles, responsibilities, and potential biases of different health care professions
Understanding personal values
Learning group leadership skills
Participating in a Health Care Team Challenge
Partnership with Virginia Western and Al Pollard Institute involving culinary health
Service learning community partnerships
Team shadowing and observation experiences
Nurse shadowing experiences
Ethical and legal issues
Health care ethics team challenge
Public health and medicine in connection to interprofessionalism
Years 3 & 4
Interprofessional learning objectives included in all clerkship rotations
Domain Days (series of special clinical topics)
Disaster Day with Jefferson College of Health Sciences that includes over 200 students
Telephone medicine simulation with Radford University Physical Therapy students
Patient Safety/Quality of Care simulation
Final assessment of teamwork skills
Many thanks to our current partners who make interprofessionalism so successful!
- Jefferson College of Health Sciences
- Virginia Western Community College
- Radford University
- Various other community organizations
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