Skills integration in a simulated and interprofessional environment: an innovative undergraduate applied health curriculum

J Interprof Care. 2008 Mar;22(2):179-89. doi: 10.1080/13561820701753969.


The objective of our study was to propose an innovative applied health undergraduate curriculum model that uses simulation and interprofessional education to facilitate students' integration of both technical and "humanistic" core skills. The model incorporates assessment of student readiness for clinical education and readiness for professional practice in a collaborative, team-based, patient-centred environment. Improving the education of health care professionals is a critical contributor to ultimately improving patient care and outcomes. A review of the current models in health sciences education reveals a scarcity of clinical placements, concerns over students' preparedness for clinical education, and profession-specific delivery of health care education which fundamentally lacks collaboration and communication amongst professions. These educational shortcomings ultimately impact the delivery and efficacy of health care. Construct validation of clinical readiness will continue through primary research at The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences. As the new educational model is implemented, its impact will be assessed and documented using specific outcomes measurements. Appropriate modifications to the model will be made to ensure improvement and further applicability to an undergraduate medical curriculum.

MeSH terms

  • Competency-Based Education / methods*
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate / methods*
  • Health Occupations / education*
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Models, Educational
  • Patient Care Team / standards*
  • Patient Simulation
  • Students, Health Occupations