The goal of inter-professional education is to ultimately improve teamwork and enhance patient care.
It is well-established that successful teams need to train and learn together. Yet historically we have educated physicians, nurses, and midwives in separate silos, without any interaction or knowledge of the others’ educational processes. Once they graduate and start working, we somehow expect them to work together seamlessly, without a foundation of understanding of each other’s roles.
All four of our demonstration sites have developed a curriculum for residents in obstetrics and gynecology and students in midwifery education programs to learn together interactively.
Sample simple learning situations to bring obstetrics-gynecology residents and midwifery students together: