Interprofessional Group Facilitator Tips

Facilitating interprofessional groups of students has unique challenges. These tips will help you create an engaging environment for your interporofessional learners.

12 Strategies of GREAT Interprofessional Group Facilitators

  1. Be professionally neutral.
  2. Recognize diversity in students’ background.
  3. Be aware of perceived professional hierarchy and stereotypical beliefs about professions (e.g. gender, status, caring, power, etc.)
  4. Realize students may lack an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of other health professionals.
  5. Understand and encourage discussion around the fundamentals of the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice:
    1. Values and Ethics
    2. Roles and Responsibilities
    3. Interprofessional Communication
    4. eams and Teamwork
  6. Promote the benefits of interprofessional learning for teamwork and patient care.
  7. Value the distinctive experience and expertise of each participating health professions student.
  8. Support the process of interprofessional collaborative practice.
  9. Foster the knowledge and skills necessary for good interprofessional teamwork, such as mutual respect and flexibility.
  10. Clarify professional jargon.
  11. Celebrate diversity – understand no one profession has all the answers for a patient or client.
  12. Encourage the link between effective team collaboration and client care.