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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Hospital-based medicine

Advisor

Dr. Bethany Dunn, Dr. Renee Andreeff

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this article is to review the effect of interprofessional education on healthcare students and how it prepares students for work beyond graduation.

Method: PubMed, CINAHL, ScienceDirect, and ERIC literature searches were conducted with search terms interprofessional education, healthcare, and graduate students. Eleven pertinent articles were retrieved, and they serve as the basis for this clinical review. Inclusion criteria include, articles published in 2009 or after, pertaining to interprofessional education, and health care students.

Results: Interprofessional education prepares healthcare students to provide efficient patient care after graduation.

Conclusion: Interprofessional education teaches students to work together as a team. Teamwork in the healthcare setting has a multitude of benefits for the patient including limiting adverse events, shortening length of stay, and improving patient outcomes and satisfaction. Research shows that interprofessional education enhances the preparation of healthcare students to work as part of a healthcare team.

Key words: Interprofessional education, Healthcare, and Graduate students

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