Interprofessional Education for 21st Century Care

Physician trainees are put into clinical multidisciplinary teams with little knowledge of their non-MD colleagues, and are often unaware of the specialized expertise these other team members possess and they have no framework for understanding the complex interdisciplinary team environment. This lack of understanding results in confusion and missteps that can lead to patient care errors, potentially hostile working conditions, and decreased job satisfaction. This self-paced course will give you a basic understanding of the roles and backgrounds of some core members of the interdisciplinary team as well as insight into these professionals views of the types of common misunderstandings and miscommunication that can derail interprofessional collaboration. This curriculum has been developed from focus groups and interviews with non-physician healthcare professionals at one academic medical center. Most focus group participants worked in inpatient acute care: as such, the curriculum is focused primarily on acute inpatient care.

You will Gain:

  • An understanding of, and ability to describe, roles and backgrounds of an interdisciplinary team
  • Insight into common misunderstandings and miscommunication in interprofessional collaboration


Mariposa Garth-Pelly, 2nd year medical student at Stanford University

David Svec M.D., M.B.A., Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford School of Medicine

Alistair Aaronson M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford School of Medicine

Sara Stafford, Attending Progressive Care Certified Nurse, Sacred Heart University

Emmy Shearer, 1st year medical student at Stanford University

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Online, self-paced, EdX
Stanford School of Medicine