University of Wisconsin–Madison Medical College of Wisconsin

Helping Residents Excel in Team-Based Care: An Interactive Case-Based Interprofessional Education Curriculum

Cecilia Scholcoff, MD, MPH; Katherine Sherman, MS; Jessica Kuester, MD; Amy Farkas, MD, MSc

WMJ. 2022;121(4):313-315

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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.

Author Affiliations: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Scholcoff, Kuester, Farkas); Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, Wis (Scholcoff, Sherman, Kuester, Farkas).
Corresponding Author: Cecilia Scholcoff, MD, MPH, Zablocki VA Medical Center, 5000 W National Ave, Building 111, 5th Floor, Primary Care Office, Milwaukee, WI 53295; phone 608.213.1728; email; ORCID ID 0000-0002-1781-2991
Acknowledgements: The authors would like to acknowledge all members of the Patient Aligned Care Teams at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center who gave them feedback on their curriculum and supported their endeavors to teach these skills.
Funding/Support: This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
Financial Disclosures: None declared.
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