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BMC Med Educ. 2018 Jan 10;18(1):11. doi: 10.1186/s12909-017-1104-z.

Interprofessional education in graduate medical education: survey study of residency program directors.

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1
University of Washington Family Medicine Residency, 331 NE Thornton Place, Seattle, WA, 98125, USA. alachkar@uw.edu.
2
Department of Family Medicine-Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
3
Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The overarching purpose of this study is to examine the current trends in interprofessional education (IPE) within graduate medical education in the Unites States.

METHODS:

A survey was sent to program directors across with different specialties between March and April 2016. The survey was completed by 233 out of 1757 program directors, which represents a response rate of 13.3%.

RESULTS:

IPE is currently being used by over 60% of the GME program directors that completed the survey. The median number of IPE hours is 60. Classroom learning (70.8%) and team-based approaches (70.1%) to patient care are the two most common forms of IPE. The two most prevalent reasons for implementing IPE are improving collaboration (92.2%) and communication (87%). More than half of the program directors agreed or strongly agreed that lack of time both for teachers (54.4) and for residents (51.5%) are barriers to IPE. About one third of the respondents whose programs do not include IPE are interested in implementing some IPE in the future.

CONCLUSION:

IPE in its varying formats has been implemented as a training model by many residency programs. Further studies are needed to explore the comparative effectiveness of the different modalities of IPE.

KEYWORDS:

Graduate medical education; Interprofessional education; Program directors; Residency; Survey

PMID:
29321024
DOI:
10.1186/s12909-017-1104-z
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