Here is how you can introduce interprofessional simulation into an undergraduate health sciences program:
- Start small: Introduce one simulation into a course at a time and do it well. Use instructor and learner feedback to improve the simulation for the next group of learners.
- Consider adapting a uniprofessional simulation for an interprofessional group of learners: Again, start small by adding one additional discipline, then, if appropriate, add another.
- Include faculty from each discipline that will be involved in an interprofessional simulation throughout the development, implementation, and evaluation phases.
- Trial new simulations with a volunteer group of students to iron out the bugs.
- Integrate each new simulation into a specific course within each participating discipline to ensure sustainability.
- Due to scheduling differences between the disciplines, all students may not be able to participate in each interprofessional simulation; however, all students should have the opportunity to participate in some each year.
(Reference: Luctkar-Flude M et al. Simulation-Based Interprofessional Health Sciences Education: Six Years Experience. Poster presented at IMSH 2012.)