Interprofessional education helps fuel meaningful learning


Interprofessional education (IPE) has gained significant momentum in health education over the last 20 years as a core set of competencies and philosophy to prepare  students and clinicians for cross-disciplinary health care environments.

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The May issue of AMA Journal of Ethics® (@JournalofEthics) features numerous perspectives that consider strategies for IPE innovations that promote patient-centered care and improve health outcomes.

The May issue of AMA Journal of Ethics includes the following articles:

  1. How to Use Improv to Help Interprofessional Students Respond to Status and Hierarchy in Clinical Practice

    1. What has become known as medical improv applies techniques of theater improvisation to health professions education and practice. 
  2. How Do Classroom-Based Interprofessional Education Interactions Influence Medical Students’ Clerkship Experiences?

    1. Classroom-based IPE has been shown to improve medical students’ understandings of competencies, but less is known about how they apply clinically.
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  3. AMA Code of Medical Ethics’ Opinions Related to Interprofessional Collaboration” 

    1. The AMA Code offers several opinions on the importance of the interprofessional movement in health professions education and practice.
  4. Psychological Safety as an Educational Value in Interprofessional Health Education

    1. Biases rooted in historically entrenched assumptions about medical supremacy are reified in popular cultural representations of health professionals and in students’ lived experiences.

The journal’s May “Ethics Talk” podcast with Joseph A. Zorek, PharmD, discusses the history of interprofessional practice and education training, which professionals are included in IPE and how effective interprofessional training enhances patient safety. The May issue also features five author-interview podcasts. Listen to previous episodes of the podcast, “Ethics Talk,” or subscribe in iTunes or other services.

Also, CME modules drawn from this month’s issue are accessible at the AMA Ed Hub™ AMA Journal of Ethics webpage.

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Submissions for the 2023 Conley Contests are being accepted through fall. U.S. MD and DO students, resident physicians or fellows in programs accredited by the ACGME or AOA are eligible to submit entries. The winning prize for the best essay and artwork, respectively, is $5,000.

Learn more about the Ethics Essay Contest and the Art of Medicine Contest.

Upcoming issues of the journal will focus on patient-centered transgender surgical care, overreliance on body mass index, and robotic surgery ethics. Sign up to receive email alerts when new issues are published.