Purpose: An interprofessional peer teaching activity was designed and implemented to provide students with an opportunity to practice interprofessional education collaborative (IPEC) competencies while improving student knowledge of assistive devices for gait and medications impacting safe ambulation. Method: During the activity, second year physical therapy students instructed third year pharmacy students in the accurate fit and counseling for use of canes, crutches, and walkers. Pharmacy students then demonstrated these skills and were checked off on their ability to accurately fit and instruct consumers on basic gait patterns. The pharmacy students in turn educated the physical therapy students about medications that impact safe ambulation and gait training. The activity was designed to meet the interprofessional competencies of roles and responsibilities, interprofessional communication, teams and teamwork, in addition to specific course objectives. Students completed a 15-item pre- and post-knowledge assessment and a perceptions survey to evaluate the effectiveness of the peer teaching activity. Results: Significant improvements in knowledge and performance were demonstrated following participation in the activity, and students reported positive perceptions of the activity and its impact on their learning about assistive devices and medications reviewed during the session. Our results indicate that physical therapy and pharmacy students can effectively teach each other and learn about assistive devices and medications impacting safe ambulation through an interprofessional peer teaching activity. Conclusion: Peer teaching across disciplines can help prepare students to communicate and collaborate with other healthcare providers.

Author Bio(s)

Niamh Tunney, PT, DPT, MS, Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Mercer University College of Health Professions, Mercer Health Sciences Center, Atlanta, Georgia

Melissa M. Chesson, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Mercer University College of Pharmacy, Mercer Health Sciences Center, Atlanta, Georgia

Gina Ryan,PharmD, CDE, Clinical Professor and Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, Mercer University College of Pharmacy, Mercer Health Sciences Center, Atlanta, Georgia




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