Phase II - Necessary Skills

Phase II occurs in the middle portion of a student’s program and provides students with curricular and co-curricular options to build upon the interprofessional competencies and learning objectives that were introduced in Phase I  and to promote further development of interprofessional teamwork, communication and collaboration skills.

Phase II - Community Teacher Program

As part of the Phase II experience, students from participating programs will meet with patient volunteers in the community to further develop and refine their interprofessional communication and teamwork skills. These patient volunteers are called “Community Teachers” and serve as an integral part in this phase of the interprofessional education curriculum. Community Teachers provide students with a deeper understanding of the importance of interpersonal skills in combination with their program-specific knowledge. Community Teachers will share with students their experiences as patients in navigating the health-care system, managing chronic health conditions, and being an active participant in the coordination of their care.

Note: The students do not provide health care advice, but rather focus on learning how to work in an interprofessional healthcare team, including understanding which questions to ask so they can work collaboratively in understanding the needs of the patient. 

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Phase II - Interprofessional Communication Skills & Escape Room

This Phase II experience combines TeamSTEPPS and IHI modules focused on effective teamwork and interprofessional communication with hands-on learning activities that provide students with the opportunity to practice communicating as a team using the SBAR (Situation Background Assessment Recommendation) technique. This content is intended to build upon the foundational knowledge that students acquired in the Phase I - FIPCC course.  The goal of the online modules in this Phase II experience are to supplement the profession-specific information that students receive in their curriculum and to begin to prepare students for further interprofessional education learning opportunities that will occur in their clinical experiences.   

Interprofessional Communication Skills Learning Objectives:  

  • Develop awareness of how communication can impact patient safety and quality of care.
  • Identify ways that communication strategies directly contribute to patient outcomes.
  • Explain the various healthcare communication techniques used to facilitate safe patient care.
  • Demonstrate basic proficiency in the use of the SBAR communication technique.

Along with these online modules, students who are enrolled in this aspect of Phase II will have an opportunity to participate in an Interprofessional Escape Room.  This learning opportunity promotes efficient teamwork and communication skills among health professions students by challenging interprofessional groups of students to work together to complete a set of puzzles in order to ‘escape’ the escape room and save the patient in a case scenario.

Interprofessional Escape Room Learning Objectives:

  • Practice efficient teamwork and communication skills needed to provide patient-centered care
  • Understand how and when to consult with other healthcare professionals based upon roles and responsibilities
  • Understand how to include the patient and patient’s family in determining next steps and developing a care plan
  • Practice implementing a care plan as an interprofessional team