Interprofessional Education: Graduate Students’ Perspectives

Judy L. Leflore, Mary Lou Bond, Mindi Anderson, Susan Baxley, Desiree A. Díaz

Abstract


Background: This program evaluation used qualitative methodology to describe
students’ expectations, concerns, needed supports, and experiences in a yearlong
Interprofessional Education program.

Methods and Findings: Focus groups were used to obtain the views of nurse practitioner
and Master of social work students. Students participated in focus groups at
the program beginning and completion. Interprofessional education competencies,
expectations, and concerns were examined. Results showed that at the beginning,
students indicated a desire to understand the other’s professional role. They also
expressed concerns. During the post-program interviews, students indicated a
desire to have had more classes and work together in clinical practice. Limitations
included a lack of participation of all students in the final focus groups.

Conclusions: Student input in a program is essential. Further research is needed.

Keywords: Interprofessional education (IPE); Qualitative research; Student evaluation;
Graduate education


Keywords


Interprofessional education (IPE); Qualitative research; Student evaluation; Graduate education

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22230/jripe.2017v7n1a219