Small-Group Exercise in Professionalism and Code of Ethics Development
Author(s)Devin Reed Nickol
KeywordsInterprofessional Education Collaboration (IPEC)
Code of Conduct
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AbstractAbstract This resource features a series of interprofessional small-group exercises to explore students' perceptions of the other health professions. During this 3-hour session, groups also discuss the meaning of professional behavior and use the insights gained to develop a shared code of ethics. These codes are made available online so that students can compare their own group's results with other groups across campus. This activity can be scaled to include as many students as needed. Previous sessions have included over 450 students participating in 40–45 small groups. This campus-wide event prepares future health professionals for collaborative patient-centered practice by discussing shared values in ethical/professional behavior. It has been included in orientation week for 2 consecutive years. Students and faculty facilitators indicated on a postsurvey that they appreciated the small-group experience. Student indicated that the opportunity for communication and interaction with other health professions students was essential, rarely done in other forums, and very informative.