Investigating student perceptions at an interprofessional student-run free clinic serving marginalised populations


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Dono: Marcos Pedroso

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Última Atualiz.: 22-11-2018 13:25


Many health profession schools have student-run free clinics (SRFCs), but their educational relevance has
not been well studied. The aim of this study was to evaluate the learning experiences and skills
developed among interprofessional healthcare students at an SRFC serving marginalised populations,
in order to provide data for ongoing programme improvement and recommendations for other SRFCs
based on lessons learned. Under 1:1 supervision with a preceptor, interprofessional students completed
three clinical shifts at an SRFC and attended a reflection session. A total of 101 out of 105 participants
answered semi-structured pre- and post-programme surveys (response rate: 96%). Descriptive statistics
and descriptive thematic analyses were used for quantitative and qualitative data, respectively.
Numerous skills derived from learning objectives common to many healthcare professions were
addressed while participating at the SRFC. Valued programme elements included working with and
learning about inner city populations in an interprofessional care model. Interprofessional SRFCs
encourage student learning about resources for inner city populations and interprofessional collaboration
while providing an opportunity to develop skills related to the formal curriculum. This may provide
a workable strategy to address an interprofessional education gap in the healthcare professional

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