"Knowing more about the other professions clarified my own profession".
The purpose of this study was to compare which learning outcomes relating to an Interprofessional Training Unit (ITU) experience were found to be most important by students and by alumni. A cohort of 428 students in the ITU was asked to write three short statements describing the most important learning outcomes from the ITU. Alumni from the same cohort were after graduation asked the same question. Furthermore, they were asked to fill out a 12-item questionnaire. The statements concerning learning outcome were analysed qualitatively and categorized. The number of statements in each category was counted and tested for statistical difference between students and alumni. Students stated "uniprofessionalism" as the most important learning outcome followed by "interprofessionalism", "professional identity" and "learning environment". Alumni on the other hand stated "professional identity" as most important learning outcome followed with "interprofessionalism", "learning environment" and "uniprofessionalism". The study indicated that over time the perceived outcome of learning experiences from an ITU change in priority.
PubMed URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21899396