2:30-5:00 p.m., April 19, 2005
Mary Gates Commons
(1.) What are the relevant characteristics of your teaching setting (course, type of students)? The Salvation Armys Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) is a community program for men and women working to overcome alcohol and drug dependencies. An interprofessional team of faculty and students associated with the UW Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education and Research have established a collaborative teaching and learning environment with residents of the ARC to promote health literacy. Each quarter, faculty and students from the six Schools in UW Health Sciences work with ARC residents through a Health Advisory Board (HAB) to plan and present health-related information to the residents each week.
(2.) What you were trying to find out or better understand? Will students benefit from interprofessional, experiential teaching? Specifically, will students gain insight and knowledge by interacting with students and faculty from various health professions in conjunction with input and evaluations by residents of the ARC?
(3.) What you did to examine the effects of your teaching? Evaluations are done each ARC session to critique presenter skills, presentation content and effectiveness and to ascertain what residents are remembering from session to session. Student presentations are evaluated by ARC residents, faculty and fellow students, from each of their perspectives, immediately following presentation delivery. Each quarter all members of the HAB evaluate their experience and plan for new directions for the group.
(4.) What you learned, expected or unexpected, by approaching your teaching in this way? When training the next generation of health professionals, there is no substitute for being in the actual settings where care is provided. This course provides an opportunity for collaboration among members of the various Schools, leading to additional interprofessional efforts to support the residents of the ARC. Peer evaluations by students and faculty from multiple health disciplines and "reality check" evaluations by ARC residents provide an unprecedented opportunity for diverse cultural, professional, and community-based learning and teaching.