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The importance of interprofessional education (IPE) has been emphasized by the World Health Organization and is currently required by both the occupational therapy (OT) and physician assistant (PA) education accreditation agencies in the United States. Moreover, a growing body of evidence suggests that IPE fosters learners’ understanding of the roles different disciplines play in healthcare delivery and prepares future health professionals for patient-centered care. Authors designed and implemented an IPE event aimed to foster the following core Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) competencies among graduate OT and PA students: Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice, Roles and Responsibilities, Interprofessional Communication, and Teams and Teamwork. The specific content of this event addressed pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment for older adult clients with complex clinical presentation (with emphasis on OT- and PA- specific clinical interventions) and incorporated a discussion of a clinical case study. Team-Based Learning approach, Jigsaw technique and role-play were used as teaching strategies during this activity. Students’ perceptions of IPE were measured by administering the Students Perceptions of Interprofessional Clinical Education Revised (SPICE-R) survey before and after the IPE event. This project is unique, because it incorporates a novel combination of teaching strategies to augment the IPE experience.


Dr. Eric Nemec, PharmD has over decade of experience in graduate health education and is currently the Director of Research & Assessment and Clinical Associate Professor at the Sacred Heart University Physician Assistant Studies Program. Dr. Nemec received his PharmD from Duquesne University and a MEHP degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Lola Halperin, EdD, OTR/L is an Assistant Professor at the Graduate Occupational Therapy (OT) Program, Sacred Heart University. She has taught OT students for more than ten years and currently coordinates the mental health semester at her school. In addition to mental health OT, her areas of interest include pedagogies for graduate OT students. Dr. Halperin received her Bachelor in OT degree from Tel Aviv University, MA degree from the post-professional OT program at NYU and EdD degree from Columbia University.

Dr. Jaimee M.B. Hegge, OTD, OTR/L is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Graduate Occupational Therapy (OT) Program at Sacred Heart University and has been teaching OT students for five years. Dr. Hegge teaches and coordinates the adult and geriatric physical rehabilitation curriculum. Dr. Hegge received her MS degree from Sacred Heart University and OTD degree from St. Catherine University.

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