What is in this article?:
- Interprofessional Healthcare Education Tips
- Choosing a Variety of Educational Formats
It can be difficult to strike the right balance when educating diverse healthcare provider types. Here are some things to make the job a little easier.
At the recent Alliance for Continuing Education in the Healthcare Professions conference in San Francisco, there were numerous workshops about the importance of interprofessional education. Each session heralded the successes of educating a blended audience of physicians, nurses, and pharmacists; however, most were led by CME professionals who work within a closed hospital/healthcare system. How can medical education companies and other CME/continuing education providers, especially those whose activities tackle a variety of therapeutic areas outside of primary care, implement more effective activities for a multidisciplinary audience? Let’s consider some strategies.
Multiple Audiences, Similar Needs
When the content of interprofessional CE activities consists of a static curriculum presented by only one type of healthcare professional, it presents some challenges for the learners. One or more of the audience types can become disengaged from the activity if they feel the subject matter is above/below their expertise or doesn’t address specific issues they face. Potential learners might see a one-size-fits-all agenda and think, “What’s in it for me?”
Every provider should approach these unique activities with that question in mind. The needs, gaps, and learning objectives may or may not be specific to each type of healthcare provider in the audience, so look for the commonalities. Specify the learning objectives and intended outcomes for each type of audience member as well as those that might overlap for the group as a whole. This will make it clear to all audience members that you’ve appropriately researched their distinctive educational needs and practice gaps.