Interprofessional Collaboration Workshops: How Residents Learn About the CanMEDS Collaborator Role in Practicing Teams

Lay Summary 

The CanMEDS framework for medical education is designed to ensure that physicians work as collaborators within healthcare teams to provide optimal patient care. Competencies within the collaborator role include effective and appropriate participation within healthcare teams, as well as working effectively to prevent, negotiate, and resolve interprofessional conflicts.

Training in collaboration for residents occurs through partnerships with the regional health authorities and Post-Graduate Medical Studies, and includes participation from nursing and allied health professions. A full day workshop was co-facilitated by a team member and faculty member, and included interactive exercises to promote learning about collaboration (e.g. the impact of ineffective teamwork on morale, patient care).

Twelve workshops were held in diverse program areas, and included nearly fifty residents and over a hundred and fifty hospital hospital staff in nursing, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, dietetics, and psychology.

Satisfaction was high, with a vast majority of residents finding the workshop a meaningful learning experience and agreeing that it would influence their practice. As well, the workshop appeared to have significant effects on residents’ attitudes toward interprofessional care. While there was no significant change in residents’ self-assessed interprofessional teamwork skills, results also suggest that residents gained greater awareness of how much knowledge is outside their area of expertise.

School of Nursing
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Centre for Collaborative Health Professional Education
St. John's
Newfoundland and Labrador
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