Pharmacy Nursing Social Work Exercise

Article courtesy of the UCSF Program for Interprofessional Practice and Education (PIPE

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The Pharmacy-Nursing-Social Work teamwork exercise took place in Kanbar Center during Winter Quarter 2016. This innovative activity focused on interprofessional teamwork and medication safety. The 2.5 hour structured exercise included a didactic presentation, and simulated clinical encounter with a professional standardized patient where interprofessional teams of students conducted patient interviews, assessments and counseling, and interactive case discussions. Cases emphasized taking a medication history, providing clinical assessments, evaluating medication related problems, addressing psycho-social issues and patient-centered counseling on pediatric health issues. In addition to a group debrief conducted by project faculty, the standardized patients provided direct feedback from the patient perspective to the inter professional teams. Student satisfaction was very high across all students and they particularly enjoyed the interprofessional interactions, synergy and teamwork in providing comprehensive patient-centered care, clinical simulation and constructive feedback from the standardized patients. Special thanks to faculty from School of Pharmacy, Kirby Lee and Marcus Ferrone, School of Nursing, Annette Carley, Naomi Schapiro, Linda Stephan, Shelly Nakaishi, Jumie Lee and Department of Social Work CSU East Bay, Sarah Taylor.