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5th Annual Interprofessional Day at MUSC

The Medical University of South Carolina and Creating Collaborative Care (C3) had its fifth annual Interprofessional Day on January 8, 2010. Interprofessional Day was an all-day event that involved all first and second year students – approximately 1,150 students.

Second year students began the day by attending a presentation by the A.L.S. (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) team. Dr. Lotta Granholm provided remarks about the role of basic scientists in clinical and translational research. Students then moved to small groups to work on an interprofessional case study with students from various programs. This year’s case study focused on alcohol awareness.

Interprofessional Day, 2010For the first time ever, first year dental, nursing and medical students began coursework in the inaugural Interprofessional Education (IPE) core course, IP 710-Transforming Healthcare for the Future. In this online course, students will explore the art and science of teamwork and communication skills, cultural competency, ethical issues, healthcare disparities, social determinants of health, and evidence-based medicine. The orientation and kickoff for the course was held at noon on IP Day. Next year, all six colleges will be involved in this IPE core course.

After the orientation, all first year students attended a presentation by Mrs. Helen Haskell. Mrs. Haskell spoke about her son Lewis Blackman, who died here at MUSC in 2000 following a series of medical errors. She, and the other IP Day speaker, Mr. Chris Rees, Director of Quality and Patient Safety at the Medical University Hospital, described subsequent health care system improvements enacted to prevent such errors in the future. These include the Lewis Blackman Hospital Patient Safety Act and the presence of rapid response teams in hospitals. South Carolina is the only state with legislation mandating patient rights during hospitalization. A national advocate for promoting patient safety, Mrs. Haskell’s remarks poignantly highlighted how health care professionals need the humility to acknowledge when a patient needs immediate attention and the courage to take action to address potential errors.

First year students were then were split into small groups to work on an interprofessional activity. This activity helped first year students to learn about others’ professions and addressed stereotypes targeted toward their professions.

Approximately 20 staff members from all six colleges, as well as the Division of Education and Student Life, and 45 faculty/staff/student facilitators were involved in the day.

written by David Howell