Patrick Moss, CRNA, DNAP, Director of Education and Regional VP of Anesthesia Services, Conducts Research on the Effectiveness of Interprofessional Education


Recently, LifeLinc Academy's Director of Education, Patrick Moss, CRNA, DNAP, collaboratively published a study on the effectiveness of interprofessional education with cadaver-based learning. The study, Student Perspectives of an Interprofessional Education Experience for Nurse Anesthetist Students and Physical Therapy Students in a Cadaver-Based Anatomy Review Coursefeatured second year Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) students teaching an anatomy review course for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) students using 2 prosected cadavers and various visual aids including 3-D models and textbook images projected onto adjacent screens. At the conclusion of the course, all students were surveyed to assess the effectiveness of the learning experience.

From the study:

There is growing evidence supporting the many benefits of interprofessional education (IPE) amongst students of varying medical professions. Since anatomy education is necessary for all healthcare providers, an anatomy laboratory can provide an excellent environment for IPE activities. Unfortunately, due to the high cost of maintaining an anatomy laboratory, many programs do not have access to learn in a cadaver-based environment.

Of the 11 DPT students and 60 CRNA students who completed a survey, 82.0% of the DPT students and 86.0% of the CRNA students felt they better understood another healthcare profession after the experience and that IPE is beneficial for other healthcare professions. One hundred percent of the CRNA students found it beneficial to have a cadaver-based anatomy course and felt the course enhanced their three-dimensional understanding of human anatomy, which they believed would be beneficial in future anesthesia procedures. In addition, 100% of the DPT students agreed that teaching the cadaver-based anatomy course helped with their own retention of human anatomy, and 82.0% felt that by teaching the course, it helped improve their communication skills with other healthcare providers.

To view the full study, click here.