interprofessional education, simulation event, communication


Communication | Health Communication | Interpersonal and Small Group Communication


Denise Ludwig


Interprofessional education (IPE) is growing tremendously within numerous health care programs and continues to impact both healthcare professionals and patients. The significance of having IPE simulation events is to provide students with the ability to gain knowledge, awareness, and understanding of other disciplines. Focus groups following an IPE simulation event will allow for a better understanding of how these events potentially impact student learning, future learning outcomes, and knowledge of other professions. The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of participation in an IPE simulation event on students' perceptions. To examine this impact, a student focus group and a faculty focus group were conducted to examine the impact this event has on perceptions of learning, influences on teaching, and potential future experiences. At the conclusion of the student focus group, students demonstrated shared and gained knowledge, respect for other disciplines, the desire to advocate for multidisciplinary rounds, and collaborated while problem-solving. The faculty focus group reported observing students better understanding their roles, awareness and appreciation of other disciplines, and the importance of interprofessional collaboration. Altogether, these common themes found within both focus groups provide evidence that an IPE simulation event enhances successful improvement in student perceptions of IPE, future learning outcomes, and knowledge of other professions.