Policy Map: A tool to assist students in linking research and practice in the Health Sciences


Genevieve Pinto Zipp

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Digital Humanities Committee Seed Grant, Seton Hall University

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As an academic institution which prepares health science professionals for practice in today's patient centered, evidenced based health care environment, it is our mission and responsibility to create learning opportunities that facilitate the development of the skills needed for effective collaboration among health care providers that will ensure the highest quality of care. The IPE model at SHMS Center for Interprofessional Education (IPE) in the Health Sciences (CIPEHS), affords students a critically reflective and engaging environment from which to acquire knowledge of and application of skills needed using structured IPE experiences to promote the sharing of information and the critical reflection needed to develop a cohesive collaborative patient-centered plan of care supporting a common goal. All IPE experiences supported by this model engage 2 or more professions and may include program faculty, students, clinical partners and client interactions. The model also supports the development of lifelong learning skills using a continuum of experiences appropriate to the learner's current content knowledge and skill set.

The purpose of this project is to develop an IPE learning module in a Research Methods course. PolicyMap, a tool that allows users to develop research questions and explore data analysis options, will be used to enable all students in the professional graduate programs in Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapy, and Speech-Language Pathology to work collaboratively.

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