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"Start ‘Em Young: A Study of Interprofessional Education Outcomes in First-Year Health Professions Students"

Presented by Jodi Polaha, PhD

Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 1:00 PM EST


Academic health professions settings are ramping up efforts to train entry-level students about the value of team based practice through inter-professional education (IPE). But, what can a first year medical or pharmacy student really learn about team care in the classroom setting? To date, studies of IPE have relied on student self-report. In this presentation you will learn about those efforts as well as a new study by Jodi Polaha and her colleagues at East Tennessee State University in which a mock advanced placement interview was used to assess student knowledge and attitudes about team care.  Come find out how IPE students’ transcripts differed from their non-IPE peers, and learn how real-world clinicians evaluated them.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this presentation you will be able to:

  • Describe the current state of affairs in IPE programming for foundational students in health professions.
  • Discuss the current research around IPE outcomes.
  • Describe the outcomes of a study using a novel interview paradigm to assess IPE outcomes including both student competencies and external validity.

About the Presenter:


Jodi Polaha, PhD


Jodi Polaha, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at East Tennessee State University and incoming Co-Editor of the journal Families, Systems, and Health.  Her greatest passions are translating behavioral health technology to primary care clinics and increasing the capacity of clinician innovators to conduct research. She has a side hustle as Assistant Director and Evaluator for ETSU’s Interprofessional Education Program and is very excited to share the results of this recent project.






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