Education| Volume 19, ISSUE 3, PB13, March 2018

Seeing is Believing: Learners’ Perceptions of Interdisciplinary Team Roles

      ACGME requirements for family medicine (FM) resident training include long-term care (LTC) education over a 24 month period. Many medical student and residents have little to no exposure with LTC patient care. Furthermore, there are many misconceptions and stigmas regarding LTC facilities and little understanding of the unique patient care concept in these diverse settings. LTC facilities provide care through an interdisciplinary team (IDT) base approach that includes the physician/providers, physical therapy and occupational therapy (PT/OT), audiology and speech language therapy, social work (SW) team, and nursing staff. Understanding and interacting with each team is essential to perfecting the interdisciplinary approach that maximizes a patient’s overall care. In this project, we followed FM medicine residents over the course of three years and assessed basic perceptions regarding the contributory roles of IDT members. We aimed to see whether training in the LTC setting affected understanding of interdisciplinary team roles.
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