Bridging the gap: enhancing interprofessional education using simulation

J Interprof Care. 2008 Oct;22(5):499-508. doi: 10.1080/13561820802303656.


Simulated learning and interprofessional education (IPE) are increasingly becoming more prevalent in health care curriculum. As the focus shifts to patient-centred care, health professionals will need to learn with, from and about one another in real-life settings in order to facilitate teamwork and collaboration. The provision of simulated learning in an interprofessional environment helps replicate these settings thereby providing the traditional medical education model with opportunities for growth and innovation. Learning in context is an essential psychological and cognitive aspect of education.This paper offers a conceptual analysis of the salient issues related to IPE and medical simulation. In addition, the paper argues for the integration of simulation into IPE in order to develop innovative approaches for the delivery of education and improved clinical practice that may benefit students and all members of the health care team.

MeSH terms

  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Curriculum
  • Faculty
  • Health Occupations / education*
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Studies*
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Models, Educational*
  • Patient Safety
  • Patient Simulation
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Program Development