Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Classroom Learning

Health Mentors Program  This experience is required for Jefferson students from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy and College of Health Professions (Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapy and Couple and Family Therapy) to learn first hand from a patient about things that really matter to patients living with chronic health conditions or impairments. Student teams meet with their Health Mentor three times over a two-year period, complete short assignments, have interprofessional education small group sessions to share their experiences, and participate in one additional IPE Learning Activity.

IPE Short Module Series (FACT ACE Days) – The purpose of the Alternative Clinical Experience (ACE) module series is to enhance FACT nursing students’ understanding of interprofessional approaches to collaborative, patient-centered care through exposure to real or theoretical patient cases. Students meet as a group to discuss a case, working with a faculty facilitator to outline their understanding of the issues present, roles of those practitioners involved, and appropriate course(s) of action. They then have an opportunity to hear from an interprofessional panel of experts, the members of which discuss their individual roles and perspectives and provide insight into the opportunities for and benefits of collaborative, patient-centered care. The panel presentation is followed by a question and answer session during which students can expand their understanding of the roles of health professions and interprofessional communication and teamwork under the guidance of the expert panel and reflect on their overall understanding of the case.

IPE Grand Rounds  The purpose of Jefferson’s student-led IPE Grand Rounds is to increase student exposure to real-world collaborative practice teams through a unique extracurricular interprofessional initiative. Early exposure to concepts of interprofessional teamwork at Jefferson has led students to seek out new additional opportunities to further their understanding of interprofessional teamwork in real-world clinical settings. With support from the Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Education (JCIPE), a group of interprofessional student leaders assembled a new student-led IPE interest group, developed a core mission statement, and hosted and evaluated their first IPE Grand Rounds in April of 2014 with a team from the surgical ICU at Jefferson. During this academic year, the student leaders from JSIPE (Jefferson Students for Interprofessional Education) have organized a new series of IPE Grand Rounds covering a variety of topics and featuring various interprofessional collaborative practice teams from both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

Schwartz Rounds Jefferson’s Schwartz Rounds is a multidisciplinary forum for discussing emotional issues that arise in caring for patients. The program aims to improve patient care by promoting better communication and compassion among healthcare providers. An overarching goal of these rounds is to affirm more compassionate, patient-centered care in part by reflecting on the importance of humanism in the health care system. In order to promote and cultivate a culture that values and practices humanism in medicine, individuals need time to reflect and have discussions with peers. Goals of these rounds are to encourage providers to talk about their own experiences in a safe forum, to raise issues about humanism that are often not discussed, to promote an atmosphere of reflection, and to reconfirm our desire to show humanity and compassion as future health care providers. Jefferson’s Schwartz Rounds usually begin with panelists who present separate short stories based on a central theme. After their presentation, the discussion is opened up for audience members to either share their stories or comment on the presented experiences. The presenters and audience are encouraged to focus on their feelings revolving around the theme or story and not to try to reach a solution. The intention of the Schwartz Rounds is to encourage compassion in the hospital through open, effective multidisciplinary care of patients.