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Interprofessional Education (IPE)

In September, the medical school began implementing the new IPE Core Track series of events for the M1 medical students. On September 10, 100 M1 students collaborated with 50 nursing students from Milwaukee School of Engineering, 37 nursing students from Columbia College of Nursing, and 1 paramedic student from Gateway Technical College to dive into the competencies of interprofessional education. Students gathered in the Discovery Classroom and engaged in various discussion and interactive activities to demonstrate the importance of team communication. The workshop was designed around the IPEC competency for communication and focused on objectives relating to clarity, confidence, and respect in communication, active listening, and communication styles. One M1 student commented, “This is a great program. I believe the notion that an individual doctor is meant to have all the knowledge required to solve medical issues is incorrect, and that more than one viewpoint should be consulted to attain the best patient care.”

MCW, MSOE, CCON, and GTC students engage in an icebreaker activity to emphasize the importance of listening and communication.

In addition to the students, 26 faculty from the partnering institutions volunteered their time and expertise to facilitating a group of students through the event. Thank you facilitators!

As part of their small group exercise, interprofessional teams of students were told they received a blank check and tasked with creating a plan for an interprofessional clinic that utilized all the roles on their team.

The following day, on September 11, 52 M1 medical students traveled to Concordia University to participate in their first IPE Core Track session. MCW M1 students were assigned to a team with Concordia students representing programs such as nursing, social work, physician assistant, physical therapy, and more. Students received an introduction to interprofessional education and engaged in an hour-long group exercise that challenged them to think about each of their roles and a team approach can enhance patient care. One M1 student commented, “I feel like I have a better understanding of the other specialties that were represented today, and I also feel confident about my ability to communicate better with others from different specialties.”