Interprofessional student teams as medication safety ‘watchdogs’ in the hospital
— Dr. Aislinn Joy and Dr. Laura Sahm, University College Cork

Presentation Summary: An interprofessional learning (IPL) initiative at UCC’s College of Medicine and Health, which began in 2009 with funding from NAIRTL, has involved teams of medical and pharmacy students working together as medication safety ‘watchdogs’ in the hospital. During a full morning’s work on a bimonthly basis, information from three sources (patient, kardex and record/chart) is reconciled and recommendations made to medical teams for any changes to prescribing or medication practice. During the same exercise, students learn about, from and with each other by together taking a full history from patients, rewriting drug kardexes as medical interns would do (in sample form), as well as deciding what to write on discharge prescriptions, with pharmacy students giving feedback to medical students on their (sample) written prescriptions. This initiative has for the last five years enabled the production of a repository of cases from each team generating a collaborative report on their patient.

Dr. Aislinn Joy is a Lecturer in Medical Education (MUH) at the School of Medicine, UCC. She is responsible for overseeing learning and assessment in Medicine at the Mercy University Hospital and is Lead for Reflective Practice within the Medical Education Unit. Her main research interest is the social construction of learning in collaborative contexts, such as networked simulation-based learning and inter-professional healthcare education experiences.  Work within her PhD(Ed) at the School of Education at UCC - a discourse analysis of internationally networked Clinical Simulation Challenges - focuses on boundaries between communities of practice, agency and professional identity.

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Investigation of Palliative Care Education as a Setting for Undergraduate Interprofessional Learning
— Dr. Catherine Sweeney, University College Cork

Presentation Summary: Palliative care is a specialty where an interprofessional team-approach is utilised to maximise the quality of life of patients with life limiting illnesses and to support their families. As such, palliative care is a suitable setting for education in relation to working with other professions. In University College Cork, a student-selected 5-credit module entitled Palliative Care and Interdisciplinary Approach was developed in 2012. It is offered annually to 20 medical and 20 nursing undergraduate students. The main focuses of teaching and learning are palliative care and teamwork. In addition to teaching on principles of teamwork, students are facilitated in small interdisciplinary teams working on case-based learning and role-plays that highlight the need for clinical professions to work together and learn from each other. 

Dr. Catherine Sweeney is a vocationally trained general practitioner with an interest in care of the older person and palliative care. She is Medical Director in the Service for Older People in Marymount University Hospital & Hospice in Cork. and has been a half-time lecturer in the Medical Education Unit in UCC since 2010. She co-ordinates Palliative Care: an Interdisciplinary Approach; a 5-credit student selected module for medical and nursing students.