2014 7th Annual WMIPEI Conference

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Who: Dr. Dawn DeVries, Dr. Dianna Lunsford and Dr. Julia VanderMolen
When: September 18, 2014
Where: Grand Rapids, MI


The purpose of this presentation is to address the student perceptions of a pilot interprofessional education experience. Using the Entry Level Interprofessional Questionnaire, students provide their perceptions of a service learning experience after participation in a Healthy Lifestyles Fair provided by the university. Interprofessional student teams were organized by faculty. Students addressed various health topics to educate the community.


Interprofessional Education (IPE) is defined as occurring “when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and quality of care.” (Breitbach, 2013). Service learning is defined as a form of experiential learning in which students take part in providing services to a community. Engagement in service learning includes planned learning experiences which require students to take into account the needs of the community being served and then reflecting on these experiences (Jacoby, 1996; Siefer, 1998).

Handouts and References

ELIQ - Entry Level Interprofessional Questionnaire - Results
Poster Presentation References handout

  • Ateah, C. A., Snow, W., Wener, P., MacDonald, L., Metge, C., Davis, P. et al. (2011). Stereotyping as a barrier to collaboration: Does interprofessional education make a difference? Nursing Education Today, 31, 208-213.
  • Breitbach, A. P., Sargeant, D. M., Gettemeier, P. R., Ruebling, I., Carlson, J., Eliot, K., et al. From buy-in to integration: Melding an interprofessional initiative into academic programs in the health professions. (2013).Journal of Allied Health, 42(3), e67-e73.
  • Cooke, S., Chew-Graham, C., Boggis, C., & Wakefield, A. (2003). 'I never realized that doctors were into feelings too': Changing student perceptions through interprofessional education. Learning in Health and Social Care, 2(3), 137-146.
  • Pechak, C., Gonzalez, E., Summers, C., & Capshaw, S. (2013). Interprofessional education: A pilot study of rehabilitation sciences students participating in interdisciplinary international service-learning. Journal of Allied Health, 42(3), e-61-66.
  • Pecukonis, E., Doyle, O., & Bliss, D. L. (2008). Reducing barriers to interprofessional training: Promoting interprofessional culture competence. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 22(4), 417-428.
  • Reeves, S. & Summerfield Mann, L. (2003). Key factors in developing and delivering interprofessional education. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 10(7), 310-313.
  • Rosenfield, D., Oandasan, I., & Reeves, S. (2011). Perceptions versus reality: A qualitative study of students' expectations and experiences of interprofessional education. Medical Education, 45, 471-477.
  • Sargeant, J., Loney, E., & Murphy, G. (2008). Effective interprofessional teams: "Contact is not enough" to build a team. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 28(4), 228-234.
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