The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of a peer-taught interprofessional education (IPE) activity on pharmacy and physician assistant (PA) student self-assessed confidence and attitudes related to professional skills. First-year pharmacy (n = 210) and PA (n = 45) students participated in a two-hour IPE activity. Forty-five teams consisting of one PA and at least four pharmacy students completed three peer-teaching stations focused on diabetes device education, pulmonary device teaching/case workup, and physical assessment skills. Students completed a pre- and post-activity confidence survey and a post-activity attitudes survey. For pharmacy students, highest confidence gains were noted on the items related to performing a physical exam. For PA students, largest gains were noted on the items related to insulin delivery systems. Eighty-three percent of students either agreed or strongly agreed with the statement "I learned things during this IPE activity that I will implement in clinical practice." Seventy six percent of students felt that the physical assessment station was "beneficial or very beneficial" to their learning. A vast majority of students noted the IPE activity "somewhat or definitely" enhanced their communication with other health professionals and promoted a climate of mutual respect. In conclusion, peer teaching improved student attitudes and confidence.
DelNero, Tracey and Vyas, Deepti, "Peer Teaching in an Interprofessional Education Activity Focused on Professional Skills Development." (2021). All Faculty Scholarship. 410.
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