Inter-Professional Classroom Experiences in Southern Saskatchewan

By Sandra L. Bassendowski and Pammla Petrucka.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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A group of clinicians, educators, administrators, and stakeholders in Saskatchewan, Canada developed a series of classroom experiences to provide a template for wider-scale and sustainable classroom interprofessional experiences (IP) throughout the province. The project team coordinated a series of IP classroom experiences. The team identified the targeting of two themes for topics – Aboriginal Youth and Child and Youth Mental Health – for undergraduates in the professional areas of education, medicine, kinesiology/health studies, justice, social work, nursing, and psychology. The project team planned two IP classroom experiences that were developed and delivered through the use of theatrical presentation of short vignettes. The students worked through possible IP approaches to address the needs and care of the ‘portrayed’ characters and communities. These approaches were evaluated to ascertain the appropriateness and quality of learning in an IP experience.

Keywords: Interprofessional Classroom Experiences, Undergraduate Education, Health Care

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.411-418. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 544.035KB).

Dr. Sandra L. Bassendowski

Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Regina, SK, Canada

Dr. Bassendowski is an associate professor with the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan. Her research interests are related to interprofessional education, international nursing education, and the scholarship of teaching. She has conducted evaluations of educational projects in Inner Mongolia, Nepal, India, and Panama. She is interested in the use of technology in education and encourages students to use a variety of e-tools, such as podcasting and vodcasting, to assist them in meeting course outcomes.

Dr. Pammla Petrucka

Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, SK, Canada

Dr. Petrucka is keenly interested in community development and community based research in rural, Aboriginal, and international environments. She holds a position at the University of Saskatchewan as well as Research Associate appointments at the Centre for Knowledge Transfer (University of Alberta) and the Indigenous Peoples Health Research Centre (University of Regina/First Nations University of Canada). She holds a CIHR post-doctoral fellowship in Aboriginal health policy at IPHRC. In addition, she does work in the Eastern Caribbean, Barbados, and Kenya on a variety of community development, education, health, and capacity building initiatives.


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