ELECTIVE TITLE:  Interprofessional Reflective Practice (IRP) to Address Health Needs of Vulnerable Patients

**Elective offered March 29 - May 5, 2010**

PREREQUISITES:  The elective will be available to M4 students in good standing and who receive prior approval of the Dean of the College of Medicine.   

PURPOSE: The overall purpose or goal of this course is to enhance students’ understanding of and sensitivity to health issues impacting at-risk vulnerable populations.  This educational program will afford students a unique opportunity to work in interdisciplinary teams to provide care to diverse, underserved patients representative of four designated areas of foci that are prevalent in our geographic area:  the elderly, persons with HIV/AIDS, the homeless and domestic violence victims.
Note:  The focus of the planned June 2009 elective will be the underserved elderly.   
Learning Objectives:
The IRP will ensure that students acquire core attitudes and competencies related to:
a)      providing care for at-risk vulnerable populations, e.g., the elderly, those with HIV/AIDS, homeless persons, or victims of domestic violence; and
b)      functioning as effective members of interprofessional teams that recognize and appreciate the unique role and contributions of each profession.
After participating in the IRP, students will be able to:

1.      Practice reflective inquiry: Students will critically appraise published literature from their professional disciplines to analyze priority health issues affecting at-risk vulnerable populations;
2.      Develop expertise in one of the four project-identified areas (geriatrics, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, or domestic violence); Students will become familiar with effective strategies and programs related to their focus area;
3.      Apply an evidence-based, interprofessional team perspective to address health issues impacting their selected patient(s): Students will use a patient-centered, shared-decision making approach to develop a management plan for their patient(s);
4.      Relate their experiences to the larger regional and national contexts with respect to their area of focus; Students will summarize and write a report of their experiences and will present their work at an end-of-course IRP Seminar.

The learning activities of this elective include:  community-based immersion or service learning experiences at community agency sites in Chicago; seminar-based discussions to help students process their experiences and develop strategies to manage the health of their patients; individual reading; literature searches; written reflection, interprofessional team work in the context of conducting health assessments of and developing management plans for vulnerable underserved patients/clients; and interprofessional scholarly collaboration in presenting their reflections and recommended strategies to all course participants and end-of-course IRP Seminar.
The break down of each learning activity is as follows:
·         Seminars on Monday mornings during the four-week block;
·         Clinical site visits on 3 days of the week (Tuesdays, Wednesday, Fridays) to the community agency to which students are assigned; 
·         Interactive workshops on Thursday mornings, supervised by project faculty.  Students will be provided with computers to conduct literature searches and develop their course-related reflections and presentations during this time;
·         Final Seminar in the last week, during which students will present, as an interprofessional team, their reflections about their service learning experiences and recommend strategies in caring for at-risk vulnerable and underserved populations; and,
·         Reading assignments, literature searches, and written reflections.
ASSESSMENT:  Students will receive formative and summative evaluations of their participation and work in the IRP elective.  
Formative evaluation will be provided by Faculty to students at mid-point during the elective. 
Summative evaluation of students’ work will be based on the following:  
Grading Summary
25%-Class Participation and Written Reflection                  
35%-IRP Final Presentation
10%-Peer Evaluation

Program Number: ELEC 197                    
Location:  Department of Family Medicine, UIC 1919 W. Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60612                    
Program Director Name:  Memoona Hasnain, MD, MHPE, PhD
Email Address:  memoona@uic.edu         
Telephone: 312.996.8214                                                                       
Duration:  The length of the IRP course is a four-week block of time decompressed.                                     
Lectures/Conferences/Faculty contact:  Dr. Memoona Hasnain (please see contact information above).
Night Call:  None                                                        
Laboratory:  None
Weekends:  None                                                      
Outpatient:  None
Students accepted: Min. 1 Max. 6
Inpatient: Not applicable
Housestaff used as Faculty:  Not applicable