Following a successful first-year pilot, the Center for Interprofessional Health is preparing to launch a second year of innovative continuing education through its WILD series.
A total of four series will be offered under the WILD umbrella, each focused on one of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) competency areas—Communication, Roles & Responsibilities, Teams & Teamwork, and Values & Ethics.
“There is a real thirst for ongoing professional development work,” said CIH faculty Sasha Zagoloff, PhD, LP, lead faculty developer for the WILD series. “In academic environments, there is a lot of curiosity around how to develop independently practicing clinicians' skills to create robust interprofessional clinical learning environments. Through the WILD series, CIH seeks to offer value beyond checking the box of continuing education to maintain licensure status. We are evaluating our content and what we learned from the pilot to support faculty and preceptors most effectively.”
A total of 70 participants representing nine professions engaged in the WILD pilot series with more than 20 people participating in more than one series.
“We were pleased with the breadth of professions and placements,” said Zagoloff. “We had participants from the Twin Cities and beyond, primarily in outpatient settings, and some from academic institutions and others from community settings.”
Interprofessional Clinical Learning Designed for Professionals Throughout Their Careers
Through the WILD series, participants build interprofessional skills as a preceptor and health professional through five actionable weekly emails and a one-hour group debriefing session. Each weekly email offers an engaging three- to five-minute video, instructions to observe, engage, and model concepts in practice, key reflective prompts, and ways to learn more. The debriefing session offers an opportunity to learn with, from, and about colleagues from a wide variety of health professions. Upon completion, participants received two continuing education credits through the National Center for Interprofessional Practice & Education.
Along with Zagoloff, CIH Co-Directors Cheri Friedrich, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC, FNAP, and Sara North PT, DPT, MEd, PNAP, presented on the WILD series pilot at the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education’s Nexus Summit in August 2022.
“There was a lot of enthusiasm for interprofessional workplace development at the national level,” said Zagoloff. “It’s clear that we have a good mechanism to get the content out to busy health care professionals and that we have an interested audience. Part of our vision is to develop our content and distribute nationally.”