Evaluating Interprofessional Education

March 2015

Accurately assessing learning outcomes challenges all educators, but it is particularly difficult in the health professions, where the gap between early classroom activity and independent clinical practice may span several years and cross classroom, lab, and clinical learning environments. In recent years, health leaders have called for greater investment in interprofessional education where students from different fields learn alongside each other so that they master the communication and teamwork skills required for today’s health care delivery. Health professions schools around the world have implemented interprofessional education through required courses, large-scale simulations, online modules, and collaborative patient visits. As heterogeneous as the learning activities are, the means for evaluating them are just as varied. The goal of this seminar will be to convene educators from across the health professions and analogous fields to devise a framework for assessing how interprofessional activities in the student phase lead to improved patient outcomes in the clinical world. Participants will use the method of design thinking to generate creative solutions to assessment and to plan for future implementation in their home institutions. The resulting research will not only help determine which interprofessional activities make a positive impact on patient care, but will also provide a model for linking didactic teaching with workplace performance, which can be applied in other educational settings.