Interprofessional Education in Anatomy: Learning Together in Medical and Nursing Training

Herrmann, Gudrun; Woermann, Ulrich; Schlegel, Claudia (2014). Interprofessional Education in Anatomy: Learning Together in Medical and Nursing Training. Anatomical Sciences Education, 8(4), pp. 324-330. Wiley 10.1002/ase.1506

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Teamwork and the interprofessional collaboration of all health professions are a guarantee of patient safety and highly qualified treatment in patient care. In the daily clinical routine, physicians and nurses must work together, but the education of the different health professions occurs separately in various places, mostly without interrelated contact. Such training abets mutual misunderstanding and cements professional protectionism, which is why interprofessional education can play an important role in dismantling such barriers to future cooperation. In this article, a pilot project in interprofessional education involving both medical and nursing students is presented, and the concept and the course of training are described in detail. The report illustrates how nursing topics and anatomy lectures can be combined for interprofessional learning in an early phase of training. Evaluation of the course showed that the students were highly satisfied with the collaborative training and believed interprofessional education (IPE) to be an important experience for their future profession and understanding of other health professionals. The results show that the IPE teaching concept, which combines anatomy and nursing topics, provides an optimal setting for learning together and helps nurses and doctors in training to gain knowledge about other health professionals’ roles, thus evolving mutual understanding.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute for Medical Education > Education and Media Unit (AUM)
04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Anatomy

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Herrmann, Gudrun and Woermann, Ulrich


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Gudrun Herrmann-Engelmann

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23 Dec 2014 11:59

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26 Jun 2016 01:56

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