Authors Create Instrument to Measure Students' Perceptions of Interprofessional Education

Tool may help educators assess interprofessional education experiences

ALEXANDRIA, Va.--()--The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy will honor a team of faculty members representing three universities with the 2014 Rufus A. Lyman Award, which recognizes the best paper published in 2013 in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. The authors developed and validated SPICE, an instrument designed to measure pharmacy and medical student perceptions of interprofessional clinical education.

“Development and Validation of the Student Perceptions of Physicians-Pharmacists Interprofessional Clinical Education (SPICE) Instrument” was authored by David S. Fike, Ph.D., Joseph A. Zorek, Pharm.D., Anitra A. MacLaughlin, Pharm.D., Mohammed Samiuddin, M.D., Rodney B. Young, M.D., and Eric J. MacLaughlin, Pharm.D. They will receive the award on July 29 during the closing banquet at the AACP Annual Meeting, Pharmacy Education 2014, in Grapevine, Texas.

The authors worked across professions and institutions to create SPICE, an instrument designed to assess how students view interprofessional interactions between physicians and pharmacists. The final instrument consisted of subscales measuring student perceptions of interprofessional teamwork and team-based practice, roles/responsibilities for collaborative practice and patient outcomes from collaborative practice. SPICE may serve as a useful tool for educational researchers in assessing the impact of interprofessional educational experiences.

“The research team and I are deeply appreciative of receiving this highly-esteemed award,” said Fike, corresponding author for the project. “It has been a great pleasure for me to collaborate with talented scholars in pharmacy and medicine. Through our collective efforts, we have established a foundation for a line of research directly targeted at measuring the effectiveness of IPE initiatives. I am delighted that our team effort has resulted in this wonderful recognition from our peers. We trust that our work exemplifies the benefits of interdisciplinary collaboration in educational research within the health professions.”

Fike serves as associate research professor and research statistician at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. Previously, he served as a research associate professor in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy and chair of Sciences & Engineering Division at Amarillo College.

“The Award Selection Committee noted that the authors used excellent methodology to address a topic that many colleges and schools are struggling with,” said Joseph T. DiPiro, Pharm.D., past editor of AJPE and outgoing executive dean of South Carolina College of Pharmacy. “Related to interprofessional education, the article meets both current and future needs in healthcare education.”

Fike is joined by Joseph A. Zorek, assistant professor in the Pharmacy Practice Division at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy; Anitra A. MacLaughlin from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy and Hereford Pharmacy LLC; and Mohammed Samiuddin, Rodney B. Young and Eric J. MacLaughlin, from the TTUHSC Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine.

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Founded in 1900, AACP is the national organization representing the interests of pharmacy education. AACP is comprised of all accredited colleges and schools with pharmacy degree programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, including more than 6,500 faculty, 62,500 students enrolled in professional programs and 5,100 individuals pursuing graduate study. To learn more about AACP, visit www.aacp.org.

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AACP will honor a team of faculty members from three universities with the 2014 Rufus A. Lyman Award, which recognizes the best paper published in 2013 in AJPE.

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AACP
Maureen Thielemans
Communications Manager
703-739-2330 ext. 1022