Health professional education is a long and interesting process – that takes place in silos
And this leads to confusion about many aspects of the Health Care system
And a workforce that whilst it is the most highly educated in the world, when it comes to working interprofessionally in teams can me quite disfunctional
This ultimately leads to professional reduplication which is both time consuming and very expensive
So – although we THINK that we are using the same language, quite often the language we understand leads us to different conclusions. The gender language difference in health care has never been fullu explored.
And we know from the multitude of complaints that reach health authorities are almost always attributed to “communication” although I prefer to talk about confusion around information transfer.
And when it comes to discharge planning, are we surprised that with all that lanuage and the number of professionals involved that discharge is frequently confused and not managed?
Added to these problems is the matter of built envirornments in which we teach and practice. Talk about discombobulation. We really do need a recombobulation area becaue
Every discipline on a university or college campus loves to have its own space. This is ours, that is yours, you may not come in. Give a thought to all the simulation labs being built on the private territorty for faculties x, y or z which will only ever be used by that faculty what a waste of learning opportunity – or in the words of lord jim, what a chance missed.
Of course, there are no simple solutions to these problems. Health care and health care education defy a google search.
So let’s not expect simple solutions – but let’s at least apply logic to these problems, assess there extent, develop clear plans for change, and measure both the outcomes and impacts.
This major movement to interprofessional collaborative education and practice will take collaborative leadership – from the Presidents of universitites and colleges to the Presidents and CEOs of health authorites we willl need understanding that the preset state of affairs is not sustainable. We cannot go on expanding class sizes, trainginmorre and more folks whilst at the same time eating more and more of the country and province budgets.
So I do have hopes for the future. I do thing that inteprofessional team functioning is possible and I do agree with Prospero that this is such stuff as dreams are made of. We need to dream – because we are all patients here, and the system that we need willl be the system that we build.
How could she not be right? We can move the silos of education for the good of all.
“Nothing is impossible, the word says I’m Possible” Audrey Hepburn