Inter-professional Education (IPE) in
As a service learning program, CU CHAMPION aims at equipping students to be familiar with inter-professional practice as future medical professionals.
Our goal is to equip all Faculty of Medicine students in The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) to deliberatively and intelligently work together with a common goal of building a safer, and more effective patient and community-oriented health care system. Early student engagement in real-world patient population is crucial, so that students can have better understanding about patients’ needs, as well as their health and medical issues in the community.
The major components of IPE in CU CHAMPION are workshop, e-learning, and outreach services.
The compulsory student volunteers workshop consists of Lectures, Case Discussion, and Equipment Training.
The lectures aim to equip students with fundamental knowledge of geriatric care, medication safety, interview skills, and disease prevention. Speakers include healthcare professionals and teachers from social work and different health disciplines.
Students are allocated in groups with peers of other disciplines to discuss and present solutions of assigned case scenarios about patients who are facing health, drugs, and social problems.
It’s purpose is to give student volunteers a better understanding of the equipment they will be using to conduct basic health check-up for service participants in outreach services.
In order to provide a cohesive learning among students of different disciplines, teachers of each discipline prepare voiceover lecture slides, videos, animations, and readings on a tailored e-learning platform to support students’ self-learning. In addition, there are quizzes and self assessment to evaluate students' learning outcomes.
Right: E-learning materials on the platform
Students work together in community outreach services to deliver health and medication safety education.
Through interviewing and providing health screening for service subjects, students can get to know about the real-life situation of patients in the community. On the other hand, students can also shadow the healthcare professionals to learn how to communicate and consult service participants.
Left: Flow graphics of a typical outreach service
Impact & Feedback
Students' Learning Impact Statistic (Summer 2018)
IPE Elective Course
A new, one credit hour-bearing IPE course about medication safety is introduced since 2018 for CUHK Faculty of Medicine students.
The course is slightly different than the original volunteering program, students' grades are evaluated by their participation in lecture, outreach service, and quizzes, assignment and group projects.
Academic Conference Posters & Presentations
"Challenges & Barriers in Inter-professional Education in University A Six Years Journey"
- A review and sharing of our IPE experience from 2013 - 2018.
Presented at CUHK CLEAR Expo 2018
Interprofessional Education is important for developing high quality health care. We review and improve our IPE service learning model every year, in order to give students a more comprehensive experience of exchanging their relative expertise and equip them for inter-professional collaboration in the future.