Team Care Planning

An Interprofessional Discharge Planning Simulation Experience

In Team Care Planning (TCP), students practice teamwork and communication skills, and develop deeper understanding of other roles on the healthcare team. Students create a discharge plan and conduct a family discharge meeting for an elderly patient hospitalized for an acute stroke.

Students view a 20-minute video (in three to five-minute segments ), depicting various health professionals working with Reverend Walker, and review the patient’s medical record prior to the clinical simulation session. 

Following the family discharge meeting with the patient and her adult child, both actors and the students debrief their teamwork skills with faculty, and then with the standardized patients.

In 2018, a total of 245 students from six professions partipated in TCP.

Check out what student participants say about TCP at Jefferson:

"[I learned] the importance of knowing what you don't know and allowing your colleagues to back you up. Being comfortable with asking for help, the depth of knowledge [physical therapy] and pharmacy are able to provide."

“[I learned] the importance of collaboration and team communication. In addition, the importance of including family/caregiver – they are an essential part of the team.”

"I thought this was a phenomenal experience. I really liked the opportunity to interact with the other healthcare professionals. I felt that I learned how to be able to quickly adapt our plans to meet the patient’s needs."

"I definitely learned to address the caregiver about any concerns and make their role [feel] important and valued on the team. Striking a balance between directly talking to the patient and involving the caregiver."

"One thing I learned from today's clinical scenario [Team Care Planning] is a lot about how to work as a team with other health professionals. I learned that while it is important to work towards one common goal for the patient, it takes a lot of different views and perspectives to help a patient especially when discharging. I felt this was the most beneficial clinical I've had."