ELECTIVE TITLE:  Interprofessional Reflective Practice (IRP) to Address Health Needs of Vulnerable Patients

**Elective offered March 29 - May 5, 2010**


PREREQUISITES:  The elective will be available to M4 students in good standing and who receive prior approval of the Dean of the College of Medicine.   

PURPOSE: The overall purpose or goal of this course is to enhance students’ understanding of and sensitivity to health issues impacting at-risk vulnerable populations.  This educational program will afford students a unique opportunity to work in interdisciplinary teams to provide care to diverse, underserved patients representative of four designated areas of foci that are prevalent in our geographic area:  the elderly, persons with HIV/AIDS, the homeless and domestic violence victims.
 
Note:  The focus of the planned June 2009 elective will be the underserved elderly.   
 
Learning Objectives:
The IRP will ensure that students acquire core attitudes and competencies related to:
a)      providing care for at-risk vulnerable populations, e.g., the elderly, those with HIV/AIDS, homeless persons, or victims of domestic violence; and
b)      functioning as effective members of interprofessional teams that recognize and appreciate the unique role and contributions of each profession.
 
COMPETENCIES:   
After participating in the IRP, students will be able to:

1.      Practice reflective inquiry: Students will critically appraise published literature from their professional disciplines to analyze priority health issues affecting at-risk vulnerable populations;
2.      Develop expertise in one of the four project-identified areas (geriatrics, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, or domestic violence); Students will become familiar with effective strategies and programs related to their focus area;
3.      Apply an evidence-based, interprofessional team perspective to address health issues impacting their selected patient(s): Students will use a patient-centered, shared-decision making approach to develop a management plan for their patient(s);
4.      Relate their experiences to the larger regional and national contexts with respect to their area of focus; Students will summarize and write a report of their experiences and will present their work at an end-of-course IRP Seminar.

 
INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES:
 
The learning activities of this elective include:  community-based immersion or service learning experiences at community agency sites in Chicago; seminar-based discussions to help students process their experiences and develop strategies to manage the health of their patients; individual reading; literature searches; written reflection, interprofessional team work in the context of conducting health assessments of and developing management plans for vulnerable underserved patients/clients; and interprofessional scholarly collaboration in presenting their reflections and recommended strategies to all course participants and end-of-course IRP Seminar.
 
The break down of each learning activity is as follows:
 
·         Seminars on Monday mornings during the four-week block;
·         Clinical site visits on 3 days of the week (Tuesdays, Wednesday, Fridays) to the community agency to which students are assigned; 
·         Interactive workshops on Thursday mornings, supervised by project faculty.  Students will be provided with computers to conduct literature searches and develop their course-related reflections and presentations during this time;
·         Final Seminar in the last week, during which students will present, as an interprofessional team, their reflections about their service learning experiences and recommend strategies in caring for at-risk vulnerable and underserved populations; and,
·         Reading assignments, literature searches, and written reflections.
 
ASSESSMENT:  Students will receive formative and summative evaluations of their participation and work in the IRP elective.  
 
Formative evaluation will be provided by Faculty to students at mid-point during the elective. 
Summative evaluation of students’ work will be based on the following:  
Grading Summary
25%-Class Participation and Written Reflection                  
30%-Paper
35%-IRP Final Presentation
10%-Peer Evaluation
Total-100%                                                                            

 
ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION
Program Number: ELEC 197                    
Location:  Department of Family Medicine, UIC 1919 W. Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60612                    
Program Director Name:  Memoona Hasnain, MD, MHPE, PhD
Email Address:  memoona@uic.edu         
Telephone: 312.996.8214                                                                       
REQUIREMENTS HOURLY BREAKDOWN PER WEEK
Duration:  The length of the IRP course is a four-week block of time decompressed.                                     
Lectures/Conferences/Faculty contact:  Dr. Memoona Hasnain (please see contact information above).
Night Call:  None                                                        
Laboratory:  None
Weekends:  None                                                      
Outpatient:  None
Students accepted: Min. 1 Max. 6
Inpatient: Not applicable
Housestaff used as Faculty:  Not applicable