Team-based Care

Prepare PA students for team-based care through interprofessional education.

Using multiple approaches throughout the CWRU PA program, our students explore attitudes of interprofessional collaboration with specific attention given to the broadening of the team approach beyond the conventional physician-PA team approach. Interprofessional learning happens in the classroom, in simulated experiences and in the clinical arena.

100% of our PA students do the Foundational IPE course and get classroom case-based interprofessional education. This is a Case Western Reserve University school wide endeavor where over 600 students from the medical, nursing, dental and social work schools come together to explore their knowledge, skills, and attitudes of interprofessional learning, with specific attention to their understanding of the scope of practice of their own and each other’s professions.

All of our students get further in depth IPE training using didactic sessions, as well as opportunities to put their skills into practice using simulation teaching methods and/or community service and experiential learning sites. In addition to their experiences in clinicals, they have the real life experience of using IPE skills in clinical practice sites doing quality improvement projects.

Teaching Modality Project Name % of Class 2018 completed % of Class of 2019 completed  % of Class of 2020  (In Process)
Classroom Knowledge and Skills Acquisition Team STEPPS 100% 100% 100%
Foundational Course Team Skills for Collaborative Care Foundational Course Team Skills for Collaborative Care 100% 100% 100%
Simulation of IPE Communication Skills Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Simulation 67% NA NA
Simulation of IPE Communication Skills PA,SOM,SON Physical Diagnosis IPE Project NA 100% 100%
Simulation of IPE Communication Skills Pandemic Flu Simulation 100% 100% 100%
Community Service Learning on Advocacy Student Run Health Clinic 10% 40% 62%
Simulation of Heath Advocacy Skills Poverty Simulation 16.7% 100% 100%
Experiential Learning IPE Health Advocacy Skills acquisition Interprofessional Learning Exchange and Practice (ILEAP) 45% 24% 15%
Experiential Learning IPE Health Advocacy Skills acquisition Aging in Place (AIP) 40% 35% 35%
Experiential Learning IPE Oral Health Skills acquisition Oral Medicine PA Collaboration (OMPAC) 38% 100% 100%
Clinical Team Based Care Quality Improvement Project 100%  100% 100% (in progress)

All of these educational efforts serve to encourage interprofessional learning of communication and exam skills, strengthen team based interactions, as well as facilitate internalization of the professional values of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Competencies.

The IPE experience for the Class of 2019 was greater than that of 2018 and the Class of 2020 has accumulated more IPE hours than the class of 2019.


Graph showing number of hours spent at each interprofessional education site for the class of 2018,2019, and 2020.