Introduction: This resource is an interprofessional team-based curriculum for health professions students on systems-based practice and care of the hospitalized older adult. The overarching goal of the curriculum is to provide skills, knowledge, and a team-based experience that ensures graduating students are able to approach the care of older adults in the hospital from a systems-based perspective. Methods: This resource contains a 2.5-hour learning exercise where students are exposed to an interprofessional model that is central to patient care. Students actively engage in the learning process by presenting the patient case back to their peers and faculty supervisors. Results: This resource was piloted from June through November 2010 in six separate 2-hour workshops. All participating students showed improvement in attitudes toward interprofessional education pre- and postcurriculum. Students rated knowledge and self-efficacy on the competencies higher after participating in the curriculum. After the program, 88% of participants felt confident identifying indications for bladder catheters and risk factors for pressure ulcers, compared to only 60% before the curriculum. Using a 5-point Likert scale, over 90% of students agreed that they learned skills they would apply to future patient care. Discussion: These direct experiences can increase students' self-assessed ability to care for hospitalized older adults within a team dynamic, and address how systems issues can directly affect patient care.
- Identify key geriatric competencies pertaining to the hospital setting as applied to a patient.
- Work collaboratively as a team consisting of health professions students from different fields to complete a clinical exercise emphasizing the importance of an interprofessional approach to patient care and systems-based practice in the hospital setting.
- Discuss the roles and contributions of each student as a health professional within the team dynamic.
- Facilitate a discussion with patients and hospital staff emphasizing patient-centered language, peer-to-peer feedback, and discussion with both patients, caregivers, and hospital-based providers.
- Present a patient case emphasizing the importance of systems-based practice with evaluation and feedback from a faculty supervisor.
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Rennke S, Mackin L, Moylan A, Wallhagen M, Jue V, Lam E, Lai C. GeriWard: An Interprofessional Curriculum on Care of the Hospitalized Older Adult. Abstract poster session at: Society of Hospital Medicine Annual Meeting and Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting; May 2011.
Rennke S, Mackin L, Moylan A, Wallhagen M, Jue V, Lam E, Lai C. GeriWard: An Interprofessional Team-Based Curriculum on Care of the Hospitalized Older Adult. Poster session at: AAMC Western Regional Conference (WGEA/WGSA/WAAHP/WOSR); April 30-May 3, 2011.
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