Each year, we hold an an annual interprofessional training session for students from 15 programs in the University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences, Sanford School of Medicine, College of Arts & Sciences, Beacom School of Business, as well as the South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy. In 2015, over 400 health profession students participated in the event.
The goals of the workshop are for each student to understand the role of other health professionals, participate as a member of an interprofessional health care team, and demonstrate positive attitudes towards aging, disabilities, and cultures. They achieve this by working on an interprofessional health care team to develop an integrated plan of care for two older adults facing multiple health issues.
The older adult cases are role-played by faculty, local physicians, and community volunteers, who provide the students with feedback about their plan of care and teamwork skills. Before and after the event the students reflect on their knowledge about other health disciplines and comfort level working as part of an interprofessional team to address health issues related to aging.