Implementation and lessons learned from two online interprofessional faculty development programs for educational practice improvement in the health professions in Chile and the United Kingdom in 2018-21

Cesar Orsini, Veena Rodrigues, Jorge A. Tricio

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Abstract

This study presents the design, implementation, and lessons learned from 2 fit-for-purpose online interprofessional faculty development programs for educational practice improvement in the health professions in Chile and the United Kingdom from 2018 to 2021. Both programs were designed to enhance teaching and learning practices in an interprofessional environment based on 4 pillars: professional diversity, egalitarianism, blended/online learning, and active learning strategies. A multidisciplinary mix of educators participated, showing similar results. The 3 main lessons learned were that the following factors facilitated an interprofessional environment: a professions-inclusive teaching style, a flexible learning climate, and interprofessional peer work. These lessons may be transferable to other programs seeking to enhance and support interprofessionality. Faculty development initiatives preparing educators for interprofessional practice should be an integral component of health professions education, as delivering these courses within professional silos is no longer justifiable. As the relevance of interprofessional education grows, an effective way of promoting interprofessonal education is to train the trainers in formal interprofessional settings.

Original languageEnglish
Article number21
JournalJournal of Educational Evaluation for Health Professions
Volume18
Early online date9 Aug 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

Keywords

  • Distance education
  • Health occupations
  • Interdisciplinary studies
  • Interprofessional education
  • Problem-based learning

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