Virtual Interprofessional Education: Lessons Learned

Christen Page, Casey Humphrey, Karina Christopher, Leah Simpkins

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INTRODUCTION: Several universities modified interprofessional education (IPE) to a virtual format, showing similar outcomes as IPE delivered through an in-person format. This study aimed to describe perceptions of 106 students from programs in occupational therapy, dietetics, nursing, athletic training, and speech-language pathology (SLP) following an established IPE activity in a virtual format. This information will add to previous literature through inclusion of 5 healthcare programs as well as identifying attitudes from each discipline. both of which will enhance future IPE curriculum development. METHODS: Following the IPE event with a case study, participants wrote reflective essays describing their perceptions of the virtual IPE experience. Four researchers analyzed the reflective essays using thematic analysis. RESULTS: Findings revealed four themes: beneficial learning experience, roles, the more the merrier, and logistics. Participants felt overall that the virtual IPE experience was beneficial, but the logistical issues of the online format as well as students’ amount of participation created negative perceptions. Participants from dietetics expressed the most positive comments (70%), followed by occupational therapy (69%), athletic training (67%), speech-language pathology (54%) and nursing (48%). Undergraduate students (dietetics and nursing) made 4% more positive comments than graduate students (SLP, athletic training, occupational therapy). DISCUSSION: Participants shared that the virtual IPE experience is beneficial for optimal holistic care and felt some components of the IPE experience prepared them for real-world clinical practice. However, logistical issues (large group size and online format) prevented equal participation and establishing a connection with other participants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-200
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Allied Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2023

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© 2023 Assoc. of Schools Advancing Health Professions, Wash., DC.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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