Preceptors' Perceptions of Interprofessional Practice, Student Interactions, and Strategies for Interprofessional Education in Clinical Settings.
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This study describes clinical preceptors' perceptions of interprofessional practice, the nature and variety of physician assistant (PA) students' interprofessional interactions during clinical training, and factors that facilitate or hinder interprofessional education (IPE) in clinical settings.This qualitative study involved interviews with preceptors that were audio-recorded, transcribed, and then analyzed through an iterative process to identify key conceptual themes.Fourteen preceptors from a variety of clinical settings participated. Four themes were identified: (1) preceptors define interprofessional practice differently; (2) students learn about teams by being a part of teams; (3) preceptors separate students to avoid diluting learning experiences; and (4) preceptors can facilitate IPE by introducing students to members of the team and role modeling team skills.The themes may inform PA educators' efforts to increase IPE in clinical settings through educational interventions with both preceptors and students.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1097/jpa.0000000000000168
Publication InfoHudak, Nicholas; Strand de Oliveira, Justine; & Melcher, Betsy (2017). Preceptors' Perceptions of Interprofessional Practice, Student Interactions, and Strategies for Interprofessional Education in Clinical Settings. The journal of physician assistant education : the official journal of the Physician Assistant Education Association, 28(4). pp. 214-217. 10.1097/jpa.0000000000000168. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/18109.
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Associate Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health
Assistant Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health
Betsy Melcher is an assistant professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University. She serves the PA program as an academic coordinator and supports the development, administration, and assessment of the preclinical-year curriculum. She also teaches across a spectrum of topics, including prevention, orthopedics, anatomy, pediatrics, and emergency medicine. She has led multiple national and international presentations on interprofe
Professor Emeritus in Family Medicine and Community Health
Public health, health workforce, physician assistants, advanced practice nursing, primary care, health policy, organizational behavior, provider-patient interactions, medical sociology, sociology of professions, health equity, social mission in health professions education.
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