New Interprofessional Program Helps Preceptors Advance Skills and Knowledge to Apply in the Clinical Learning Environment

June 14, 2022

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The Center for Interprofessional Health (CIH) recently launched the Preceptor in Action WILD (Workplace Interprofessional Learning and Development) series that focuses on building tangible collaborative practice and precepting skills.

Developed by CIH Co-Directors Cheri Friedrich, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC, FNAP, and Sara North PT, DPT, MEd, PNAP, and CIH faculty Sasha Zagoloff, PhD LP, this innovative continuing education offering allows preceptors the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills around key IPEC competency domains—such as roles and responsibilities, teams and teamwork, communication, and values and ethics—that can be directly applied in the clinical learning environment.

Thirty-four health professionals from seven different professions participated in the first six-week offering, which focused on communication. Each week participants watched a short video and kept track of their reflections and how they applied techniques with their colleagues and students. In the sixth and final week, participants attended a debrief session to learn with, from, and about the series’ applications and impacts experienced by colleagues across professions.

One participant said, “There were several valuable aspects including the variety of ways the information was presented and the variety of communication constructs used to offer ways to effectively communicate. I enjoyed doing the reflection questions every week - it really helped me to integrate the learning.”

The series will be offered three times a year, with each series focusing on a distinct topical area. The next Preceptor in Action WILD series will focus on roles and responsibilities. Participants receive two continuing education credits through the National Center for Interprofessional Practice & Education.