Planned interprofessional learning experiences include the determination of educational strategies that best engage students from two or more health professions programs in a highly interactive and collaborative manner. The strategies include:
- Team based learning
- Case based Learning
- Virtual Clinic
- Faculty development
- Interprofessional coursework
In addition to traditional classroom settings interprofessional education sessions may take place within the University at a number of facilities including the Clinical Simulation Laboratory, the Given Outpatient Laboratory, the Larner Classroom, and Pomeroy Hall as well as off-campus clinical sites.
Clinical Simulation Laboratory
A collaborative effort of the UVM College of Medicine, the UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and The University of Vermont Medical Center, the Clinical Simulation Laboratory is a centralized hub that brings together many different groups and constituencies, with the ultimate goal of improving quality and safety of care. The "Sim Lab" opened in the Rowell Building in March 2011, supported by a generous gift from the late Thomas Sullivan, M.D., a UVM alumnus from Etna, N.H., along with a $1.75 million federal grant secured by U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy.
The Clinical Simulation Laboratory is located on the second floor of the Rowell and Given Buildings on the University of Vermont campus and adjacent to The University of Vermont Medical Center. Located in 9,000 square feet of space are inpatient rooms, an ER/OR/MICU/SICU training room, skills labs, control center and debrief/meeting rooms. The outpatient rooms are just a corridor away, with 12 exam rooms set up to support simulated patient encounters using standardized patients and mannequin simulators. A satellite simulation lab is located at The University of Vermont Medical Center on the fifth floor of the McClure building, and a fully outfitted ambulance (the Simbulance) is also available for training.
Located at the front of the Dana Medical Library, the 2,820-square-foot Larner Classroom accommodates 120 students with flexibility for both small- and large-group functions. The Larner Classroom is made possible through a $1 million gift from alumnus Robert Larner, M.D.’42.
Pomeroy Hall is the site of the Eleanor M. Luse Center for Communication: Speech, Language and Hearing. The space provides an interprofessional simulation experiences for CSD, PT and nursing students in teams of four to interview and give recommendations to a standardized patient (SP) with swallowing and mobility issues related to ALS.