Integration of basic clinical skills training in medical education: an interprofessional simulated teaching experience

Teach Learn Med. 2011 Jul-Sep;23(3):278-84. doi: 10.1080/10401334.2011.586934.


Background: A 2004 survey reveals that the implementation of the 1998 AAMC report on medical student clinical skills training is slow. Given the importance of intravenous catheter placement, a creative approach evolved to educate medical students on this important skill.

Description: As part of a community service learning initiative, six graduate nursing students developed, implemented, and evaluated a pilot IV Cannulation Education Module taught to medical students.

Evaluation: Data analysis of 63 participants reveals improved knowledge and confidence in medical students' ability to place an intravenous catheter. The objectives were met and the process enjoyed by students of both professions.

Conclusion: Opportunities for interprofessional teaching and learning include clinical skills training. Medical students learned an important skill taught by graduate nursing students who developed and evaluated a curriculum that met their own graduate course objectives. Both professions appreciated the opportunity to work collaboratively to achieve their respective programmatic goals.

MeSH terms

  • Catheterization / standards
  • Clinical Competence / standards*
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate*
  • Education, Nursing, Graduate
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication*
  • Male
  • Program Evaluation
  • Self Efficacy
  • Teaching / methods*