Interprofessional education within a pilot HIV-care elective course

Amy L. Pittenger, Brian Goodroad, Melanie Nicol, Elise N. Durgin, Lindsay Eveland, Robyn Kaiser, Mary Benbenek, Nicole R Benson, Sarah Rybicki

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Objective. To create an IPE course that improved knowledge related to HIV history, prevention, and therapy, in health professions students and improved their interest and confidence in becoming interprofessional collaborative clinicians, specifically involved in the care of people living with HIV. Methods. A motivational design framework was used to create an interprofessional course that incorporated whole-task complex scenarios, team-based application, and experiential components. Multiple sources of quantitative and qualitative data, including the AIDS Education and Training Center evaluation tool and Interprofessional Collaborative Competency Attainment Scale instrument, as well as assignments and course evaluations, were collected and analyzed. Results. Fifteen students from medicine, nursing, and pharmacy participated in 2017, and 21 students from medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work participated in 2018. In both offerings, students rated the course experience positively and self-reported increases in confidence related to interprofessional competencies. Ninety-three percent and 68% of the students in 2017 and 2018, respectively, stated they planned to be involved in HIV care to some degree in the future. Students demonstrated high levels of knowledge of the AIDS Training & Education Center National HIV Curriculum at the end of the 2018 course offering. Conclusion. This educational course design provided an effective interprofessional learning experience and establishes a sustainable interprofessional format for teaching health professions students about HIV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7402
Pages (from-to)2053-2058
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 2019


  • Interprofessional
  • Motivational design

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

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