Round Out a Learner's Experience on Interprofessional Teams
You can help your learner by taking some time during the clinical rotation to talk about what it means to be part of an interprofessional team. In addition to gaining a broader perspective of patient care, this will help a learner to understand the roles that each clinical team member plays in patient care and contribute to the clinic’s climate of mutual respect and trust.
Your clinical team may include nurses, medical assistants, social workers, office managers, and receptionists, each of whom fills a specific role in patient care. Plan to provide opportunities for your learner to interact with each of your clinical team members. Make sure to provide feedback regarding the prioritization of team goals, amount of participation in team discussion, and when it is appropriate to act independently of input from clinical team members. You’ll want to confirm that your learner can not only identify the roles of other team members, but also knows when to consult them.
More Pages About Interprofessional Teams
You can learn more about incorporating a learner into your clinical team on the following pages from the Preparation and Orienting a Learner sections.