Interprofessional Teamwork

The following are two suggestions, but you may try your own ideas to enhance interprofessional teamwork.

1)  Description: Select a patient who has an interprofessional plan of care (i.e. many different types of health care providers are involved in this patient’s care) and talk with each of the team members to assess their perspective on the patient’s major problems and what they see as their role in the patient’s care and how they. The most straight-forward way to accomplish this is by brief interviews.

Submission instructions: You can either summarize all the interviews/interactions at once or individually with a comment about how this affects the quality and safety of patient care.

2) Description: Select a member of the healthcare team involved in the care of one of your patients and spend part of a day with him/her to learn what his/her job involves. This can range from the nurse, dietician, PT to the IV nurse or Respiratory tech (which will also allow you to practice procedures).

Submission instructions: Write one sentence describing what you did. Next provide your reflections on how you think this will affect your patient care in the future with an emphasis on whether you think this experience will enhance the quality and/or safety of your patient care.