According to the Institute of Medicine, “all health professionals should be educated to deliver patient-centered care as members of an interdisciplinary team”. Patient care is multifaceted, transcending any one discipline. The key to improved patient outcomes is collaborative practice. Service learning is one educational opportunity which allows students to work in partnership with learners from other health related disciplines to deliver care in underserved communities, and develop much needed competency in interprofessional collaboration. A mixed methods study was conducted to determine if participation in an interprofessional service learning experience will positively affect student achievement of interprofessional competencies. The IPEC Competency Self-Assessment survey was used in a one-group pretest-posttest design with a sample of students who participated in an international, interprofessional service learning experience in the Dominican Republic. Significant differences were identified in both the interaction domain and values domain, supporting the use of service learning to develop interprofessional competencies.
Lieb, M. & Liebrecht, C. (2019). Interprofessional Service Learning Experience in the Dominican Republic to Promote IPEC Competencies.
(Poster) Lieb & Liebrecht - Interprofessional Service Learning in the Dominican Republic to Promote IPEC Competencies