Teaching empathy in an interprofessional setting with a focus on decategorization: Introducing I-Team

Barret Michalec, Julie M. Schneider, Michael Mackenzie

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Abstract

Background: The Interprofessional Training in Empathy, Affect, & Mindfulness (I-TEAM) was designed to promote and cultivate collectivity and a sense of shared identity and values among health profession students. Purpose: This study showcases the theoretical foundation, evaluation-based protocol, and findings of the pilot I-TEAM program. Method: To evaluate the impact of the pilot offering of I-TEAM, we employed a rigorous multimethod protocol consisting of surveys (pre and post), observations, and interviews. Discussion: Students significantly improved in empathy, and positively shifted their perceptions of other health professions. Moreover, student-oriented goals for the program and fundamental aspects of the IPEC competencies were shown to be addressed through the I-TEAM program. Conclusion: Centralizing an interprofessional program on the principles of decategorization and shared experiences, may have a positive impact on students’ perceptions of other health professions as well as ability and willingness to connect with others on an emotional and cognitive level (i.e. empathy).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100395
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Education and Practice
Volume22
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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