Team-Up for Better Teaching: An Innovative Interprofessional Faculty Development Program
Although descriptions of faculty development programs designed to advance interprofessional practice and education are limited, a recent overview of the literature identified five characteristics of effective programs: institutional support, objectives and outcomes based on IP core principles, facilitation skill training, design flexibility, and assessment strategy. This skills workshop will review the components of Team-Up for Better Teaching, a 14-week program designed to promote IP education, practice and research that may serve as an exemplary model for other academic institutions to help build capacity to meet their IP needs.
Team-Up was launched in the fall of 2017 after nine months of planning by a committee comprised of clinical educators from the hospital and academic faculty representing the six colleges at MUSC: Graduate Science, Dental Medicine, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy. Interested educators applied to the semester-long program and provided a letter of support from their Chair/Administrator. Participants met weekly for sessions based on advanced teaching methods, technologies, and IP skill-development and to learn about teamwork strategies and principles relevant to TeamSTEPPS®. Additionally, each participant presented an applied project proposal and received feedback from the other participants on ways to enhance their proposal impact. Nineteen participants comprised the first Team-Up cohort and collectively demonstrated diverse enterprise-wide IP representation. Course evaluations indicated a significant change in their perception of proficiency to role model and advocate for IP activities; teach in an IP setting; articulate the value of IP activities; and apply knowledge of their professional role and roles of others for effective IP collaboration.
Eleven of the 19 participants agreed to serve as facilitators for spring IP initiatives. Ten applied projects were developed and three participants indicated they intended to apply for intramural funding to assist with project implementation. Team-Up will continue to be sustainable because there were no significant costs and the current participants will serve as the steering committee and mentors for the next cohort, with an ongoing pattern continuing from year to year.
The Team-Up curriculum will be reviewed with workshop participants and punctuated with active learning strategies including polling and role play. Updated outcomes will be reviewed and assessment strategies will be identified and shared.
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:
- Develop an IP faculty development program based on the 5 characteristics of an effective program
- Identify two strategies to help ensure sustainability of the program
- Model and advocate for IP collaboration in education, research, and clinical practice
- Ratka A, Zorek JA, Meyer SM. Overview of faculty development programs for interprofessional education. Am J Pharm Educ. 2017. June;81(5):96. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5508095/
- Shrader S, Mauldin M, Hammad S, Mitcham M, Blue A. Developing a comprehensive faculty development program to promote interprofessional education, practice and research at a free-standing academic health science center.J Interprof Care. 2015;29(2):165-7.
- Hall LW, Zierler BK. lnterprofessional Education and Practice Guide No.1: Developing faculty to effectively facilitate interprofessional education. J lnterprof Care. 2015;29(1): 3-7.
- TeamSTEPPS(® 2.0 Curriculum. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. https://www.ahrq.gov/teamstepps/instructor/index.html.
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