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Interprofessional Podiatric Surgical Simulation

A Pilot Study

Shaun Mendel

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Background

Interprofessional collaboration is key to quality outcomes in the health-care systems of today. Simulation is a common tool in podiatric medical education, and interprofessional education has become more common in podiatric medicine programs. Interprofessional simulation is the blending of these educational strategies.

Methods

A quantitative design was used to determine the impact of an isolated interprofessional podiatric surgical simulation between nurse anesthesia and podiatric medical students.

Results

Statistically significant differences were observed among participants between preintervention and postintervention surveys using the revised Interdisciplinary Education Perception Scale.

Conclusions

Interprofessional simulation can be an effective educational opportunity for podiatric medical and nurse anesthesia students.

Nurse Anesthesia Program, College of Health Sciences, Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ.

Corresponding author: Shaun Mendel, CRNA, DNP, Nurse Anesthesia Program, College of Health Sciences, Midwestern University, 19555 N 59th Ave, Ocotillo Hall 201-5, Glendale, AZ 85308. (E-mail: smende@midwestern.edu)