Most health professionals haven’t performed with play-doh, popsicle sticks, and pipe cleaners since pre-school, however these have been the instruments they used to create prototypes for interprofessional instructional (IPE) packages in the course of the latest Reimagining Health Science Education: Design-Thinking Workshop.
The workshop — hosted by the brand new Woodruff Health Science Center (WHSC) Office of Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPECP); The Hatchery, Center for Innovation; and the Emory University School of Medicine — was the afternoon part of Emory’s first in-person Medical Education Day since 2019. The Oct. 24 occasion introduced collectively school, employees, college students and clinicians from Emory’s three health skilled faculties and Emory Healthcare to take part in 12 interprofessional groups.
“Our goal was to bring together faculty and students across all of our schools to dream about what IPE should and will be at Emory, and we were thrilled with the interest and engagement in this workshop, which was our office’s kick-off event,” says Jodie Guest, co-director of the WHSC Office of IPECP and vice chair of the Department of Epidemiology in Rollins School of Public Health.
Guest opened the workshop by introducing the Office of IPECP and difficult members to be visionary when conceptualizing IPE concepts for Emory. Shannon Clute, director of The Hatchery, and Ben Garrett, The Hatchery’s innovation programming and operations supervisor, adopted her introduction by offering an outline of the design-thinking or human-centered design strategy.
“We find that human-centered design is broadly applicable, and especially helpful in situations where you’re not starting from a place of total clarity on the nature of the problem in question or the needs of your target audience,” Clute explains. “By putting people at the center of the process, and defining problems from their point of view, there is a greater likelihood of developing on-point solutions.”
The actual enjoyable started when groups designed their IPE program prototypes utilizing pre-school provides. Teams had one hour to outline, brainstorm and construct their IPE prototypes. Teams then displayed their designs, fielded questions from one another about their concepts, and voted on 4 award classes – Most Rational, Sign Me Up, Most Viral and Long Shot.
A typical theme emerged in the course of the presentation section: foster significant methods to convey health skilled college students, residents, school and clinicians collectively to each prepare and develop relationships with one another.
Team concepts centered on a couple of precedence methods of studying collectively: share a collective bodily house to prepare and construct an interprofessional group; actively interact locally with interprofessional groups; create new case-based curricula for interprofessional scholar groups to work collaboratively in simulation labs; and help an simply accessible checklist of programs which can be open to any scholar enrolled in Emory’s three health skilled faculties.
Workshop members and organizers left excited about the way forward for IPE at Emory.
“The afternoon design-thinking workshop was an interesting and beneficial way to bring stakeholders from the Woodruff Health Sciences together to brainstorm how we can create IPE programs that will teach our students how to skillfully work in interprofessional teams whether they are working in community, classroom or clinical settings,” says Maha Lund, planning committee chair for Medical Education Day and affiliate professor and program director of the Emory Physician Assistant Program.
Linda Lewin, professor of pediatrics at the Emory School of Medicine and director of the Woodruff Health Educators Academy, agrees. “The workshop offered an important opportunity to study extra about the design-thinking strategy and the way we will apply it to health professions education,” Lewin says. “It was both fun and energizing to work in an interprofessional health team to brainstorm and create a prototype of a program that I think would be useful to students across the whole health sciences center. I can’t wait to see how the Office of IPECP uses the ideas the 12 teams generated — there is so much potential for IPE growth at Emory,”
Garrett notes, “The Hatchery team was so impressed with the engagement and innovative thinking on display during the workshop. There are innovative thinkers through the WHSC, and it’s always a treat to bring them together for collaborative work.”
“This was exactly what we hoped this workshop would do,” Guest says. “We were able to see clear themes generated by our students and faculty together. When 12 independent teams coalesce around three priority themes — common space on campus, active engagement as teams to support community health needs, and classroom time together — we know where there is excitement about the future of IPE at Emory. Our office and advisory committee will now explore the proposed ideas and determine which ones we can develop and implement in both the short- and long-term. It’s an exciting time to think about IPECP at Emory.”