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Distance and virtual learning considerations for IPE

Oct 7, 2020

The COVID-19 Crisis Silver Lining: Interprofessional Education to Guide Future Innovation

Globally, the advent and rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has created significant disruption to health professions education and practice including interprofessional education. Health professions programs around the world have made a dramatic shift to virtual learning platforms in response to closures of academic institutions and restrictions imposed on learners accessing practice settings. Telehealth has been established in many countries as a revolutionized practice in the current environment.

The current pandemic situation requires ongoing evolution leading to reflections on future directions for the interprofessional education field and its role in shaping future practice model. The current pandemic situation provided the awareness of a silver lining that provides an opportunity for future growth.

Implications: The current pandemic offers a unique opportunity for educators, practitioners, and researchers to retain what has to retain what has served interprofessional education and practice in the past and begin to imagine and new.

Citation: Langlois S, Xyrichis A, Daulton BJ, Gilbert J, Lackie K, Lising D, MacMillan K, Najjar G, Pfeifle AL, Khalili H. The COVID-19 crisis silver lining: interprofessional education to guide future innovation. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 2020. DOI:10.1080/13561820.2020.1800606

Recommended by ACAPT's National Interprofessional Education Consortium (NIPEC)     

Relevant Literature on Distance and Virtual Learning Opportunities for IPE

Facilitators' experience of delivering asynchronous and synchronous online interprofessional education.

Interprofessional education and practice guide No. 10: Developing, supporting and sustaining a team of facilitators in online interprofessional education.

Examining changes in interprofessional attitudes associated with virtual interprofessional training

The feasibility and acceptability of using virtual world technology for interprofessional education in palliative care: a mixed methods study

Notes from the field: Evaluating a budget-based approach to peer assessment for measuring collaboration among learners on interprofessional teams

The use of virtual communities of practice to improve interprofessional collaboration and education: findings from an integrated review

Online interprofessional learning: the student experience

A virtual patient educational activity to improve interprofessional competencies: A randomized trial

Virtual patient care: an interprofessional education approach for physician assistant, physical therapy and occupational therapy students

Students' perceptions of interprofessional learning through facilitated online learning modules

Qualitative and quantitative evaluation of an interprofessional workshop between physical therapy and medical students 

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