Cecilia Scholcoff, MD, MPH; Katherine Sherman, MS; Jessica Kuester, MD; Amy Farkas, MD, MSc
Background: Communication and collaboration with an interprofessional team is vital for patient care, yet teaching these skills to resident physicians faces multiple challenges.
Methods: We developed an interactive, case-based curriculum on interprofessional communication and collaboration and implemented it at a large Veterans Affairs hospital. A pre/post survey study design was used to evaluate the curriculum, with 31 residents completing both surveys (100% response rate).
Results: After the curriculum, there was improvement in the residents’ knowledge, comfort, and satisfaction in communicating and collaborating with the interprofessional team. Satisfaction scores with clinic also improved in all measures.
Discussion/Conclusions: Overall, a curriculum aimed at teaching interprofessional communication and collaboration improved residents’ comfort and satisfaction in this realm and may help them achieve competence in these challenging-to-teach skills.