Bryan Gee, PhD, OTR/L, BPC; Jennifer Holst, CCC- AuD Kathleen Baron, DNP, FNP, PNP, RN; Eydie Kendall, PT, PHD, PCS; Sarah Knudson, MS, CCC-SLP; Laura McKnight, MPH, LD, RD; Karren Streagle, PhD
Interprofessional education (IPE) is becoming a common practice among most allied health professions as a part of entry level training. IPE is intended to promote greater professional collaboration in routine clinical practice. The prerequisites for this type of educational process include gaining an understanding of one’s own and other professions while developing mutual respect, trust, and communication skills. The Idaho State University (ISU) Interdisciplinary Evaluation Team (IET) course delivery model is one such vehicle which fosters IPE across numerous disciplines while providing significant clinical support to the local community. This study presents the ISU IET course process, which combines clinical care of community pediatric clients via student/clinician partnership, which reflect on the process of interprofessional care. Occupational therapy student perceptions of the IET course consistently trended in favorable directions. All participants desired more opportunities for IPE combined with direct client interaction as a part of their other course work. Occupational therapy educational programs are well suited and positioned to host and/or to establish key roles in IPE to support student clinical training and meet the health and needs of their local communities.
Gee, B. M., Holst, J., Baron, K., Kendall, E., Knudson, S., McKnight, L., & Streagle, K. (2016). Interprofessional Education in Occupational Therapy: The Idaho State University Model. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 4(2). https://doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1226