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An Interdisciplinary Team-Based Learning Experience in Ambulatory Patient Safety

Published: September 12, 2013 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9535

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Introduction: This interprofessional team-based learning experience in patient safety is intended to facilitate a review of barriers to health care quality in ambulatory care. Students from multiple health science professions prioritize shortcomings in health care delivery and discuss approaches to improve health care quality and public health while developing an appreciation for the complexity of health care delivery and impediments to quality health care. Methods: This resource includes a facilitation guide, prereading assignments, an individual readiness examination, a team readiness examination, an application exercise case, and application exercise questions. The resource is implemented using the standard team-based learning format. Results: In all, 622 learners from 10 separate degree programs across five colleges participated in this exercise. As expected, mean group performance was much higher than team performance; item metrics indicated that learners might not fully understand the difference between a medical error and an adverse event. Discussion: This team-based learning experience was designed and implemented as a component of a required longitudinal interdisciplinary learning activity for first- and second-year students. Team-based learning was adopted as an instructional method based on its ability to promote discourse and involvement and to accommodate the limited number of faculty facilitators at our disposal.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this team-based learning experience, learners will be able to:

  1. Collaborate as an interdisciplinary team to identify causes that contribute to the etiology of medical error.
  2. Collaborate to prioritize risks to patient safety in the health system within a specific scenario.
  3. Collaboratively propose an approach to preventing such systemic errors.

Author Information

  • Erik Black, PhD: University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Rick Davidson: University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Eric Rosenberg: University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Almut Winterstein: University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Ann Snyder: University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Wayne McCormack: University of Florida College of Medicine

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Black E, Davidson R, Rosenberg E, Winterstein A, Snyder A, McCormack W. An interdisciplinary team-based learning experience in ambulatory patient safety. MedEdPORTAL. 2013;9:9535. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9535