Gordon Center Hosts Interprofessional Training Session for Medical and Nursing Students

More than 70 medical and nursing students joined faculty members from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education and the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies for an interprofessional training session held at the Gordon Center on March 28. The goal of the session was for students to learn team communication and management skills.

Hector F. Rivera, M.D., Assistant Director of Curriculum and Technology Development at the Gordon Center, and co-director of the course, introduced students to the TeamSTEPPS (Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety) curriculum developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The students were then divided into teams and practiced patient emergency scenarios and team-building exercises. Debriefing and feedback sessions followed, providing positive reinforcement on teamwork behaviors and skills, patient management and outcomes, and insight into areas of improvement.

“Interprofessional training provides a unique opportunity for our medical and nursing students to work together and learn from one another, while applying and learning evidence-based team concepts and skills,” said Rivera.

Students also learned to recognize the challenges of communicating effectively in stressful scenarios, and rated the session to be highly effective and important for their future training.

“Nursing students had the opportunity to collaborate with medical students in engaging, team-based, patient-centered activities,” said Carmen Presti, D.N.P., research assistant professor at the School of Nursing and Health Studies.

The interprofessional session is part of a larger two-week “Transitioning to Residency” course that is offered to fourth-year medical students, and is designed to prepare them for their internship year through a combination of interactive lectures, communication skills sessions, simulations of emergency scenarios and procedure labs.

“We hope that learning these skills in the controlled environment of a simulation center will ultimately lead to improvements in patient safety and outcomes,” said Gauri Agarwal, M.D., Associate Regional Dean for Medical Curriculum and the course’s other co-director.

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