Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Interprofessional Education Chat

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Interprofessional Education (IPE) #medlibs chat
Thursday, September 4, 2014
9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific
Led by Roy Brown (@CarolinaFan1982)

Interprofessional collaboration is becoming the norm in healthcare as practitioners are finding that patient care is greatly improved by a team approach. These teams are composed of representatives from different health professions like medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and others, depending on the needs of the patient. These teams collaborate in order to treat the whole patient while addressing their healthcare needs.

This movement towards interprofessionalism has had a great effect on the education of students in all the health professions. Traditionally these students were trained to care for patients in silos with little discussion of working with the other healthcare providers. Today that is no longer the case and across the health professions there is a push to incorporate interprofessional education to train students to communicate effectively and collaborate with others for better patient care.

These changes open up new opportunities for librarians to become more involved in healthcare and to become a conduit to bring groups together and meet the needs of those involved in interprofessional education. Please join us on Thursday, September 4th at 9pm (EST) on Twitter to discuss what you and your colleagues are doing to support interprofessional education/collaboration and to explore future roles that librarians could play.

Chat Questions

1. What trend(s) are you seeing at your institution when it comes to interprofessional education?

2. What role is your library playing when it comes to supporting interprofessional education/collaboration?

3. What role would you like your library to play when it comes to interprofessional education?

4. With the focus on IPE, do you see a need for librarians to acquire new skills? If so, what would those be?

Resources for Further Reading

Panel, I. E. C. E. (2011). Core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice: Report of an expert panel. Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel.

Janke, R., & Rush, K. L. (2014). The academic librarian as co‐investigator on an interprofessional primary research team: a case study. Health Information & Libraries Journal, 31(2), 116-122.

Butera, G., Gomes, A., Harrod, T., Kakar, S., Frank, J. B., & Owens, J. (2013). Expanding our Roles: Embedded in Curriculum Design.

Bridges, D. R., Davidson, R. A., Odegard, P. S., Maki, I. V., & Tomkowiak, J. (2011). Interprofessional collaboration: three best practice models of interprofessional education. Medical education online, 16.

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