Mini-series Aims at Increasing Positive Interprofessionalism

The Office of Interprofessional Education and the School of Pharmacy hosted a premiere of the new preceptor mini-series, “Change of Heart: An Interprofessional Preceptor Mini-Series” at Alamo Drafthouse in Lubbock. About 200 people attended the sold-out premiere, and among the audience members were cast members, writers, President Mitchell and many Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) faculty and staff.

Craig Cox, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS, Associate Professor and vice chair of Experiential Programs and Renee J. Bogschutz, Ph.D. CCC-SLP, director of the Office of Interprofessional Education led the development of the Mini-Series.

“The 12-episode, knowledge-based video series was developed to educate both preceptors and students regarding their participation in experiential rotations in an interprofessional setting,” Cox said. “The series follows multiple health professional preceptors including nurses, pharmacists, physicians, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists and physical therapists as they precept their students in both hospital and extended care settings.”

Bogschutz explained that the mini-series not only looks at how interprofessionalism can improve outcomes when modeled well, but also demonstrates the unfortunate consequences of interprofessional situations gone wrong. She says that if applied correctly, the knowledge gained through the mini-series could improve interprofessional teamwork dramatically.

“Through a combination of inappropriate and quality interprofessional interactions, attendees were provided key principles regarding orientation, feedback, teamwork and dealing difficult preceptors or students,” Bogschutz explained. “Previous preceptor mini-series developed by Dr. Cox and the School of Pharmacy have resulted in immediate learning, long-term learning, preceptor engagement and positive attitudes about the mini-series platform. Although data is forthcoming, it is expected that this interprofessional mini-series will have similar results with a wider audience. The series also provides insights for clinicians who are learning to precept students.”

Bogschutz said the series would be a valuable resource to incorporate into preceptor and student programs throughout TTUHSC. For more information about the series, contact Cox at Craig.Cox@ttuhsc.edu.

Watch the trailer for the mini-series here >>

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