Four teams of students from the UMKC health sciences schools took part in the third-annual UMKC Interprofessional Education (IPE) Healthcare Reasoning competition on March 2 on the health sciences campus.
The team of nursing student Becca Stockhausen, medical students Louis Sand and Dylan Schwindt, and pharmacy student Anthony Spallito took home the first-place award. The second-place team was made up of medical students Diana Jung and Sahaja Atluri and pharmacy students Ashley Ragan and Andrew Yates.
It was a tremendously worthwhile event for Stockhausen. “This event was by far one of my favorite IPE events,” she said. “I had such a wonderful experience and I hope to spread the word on how much you can learn from it.”
Stockhausen said she tapped in to what she learned in her Critical Care class to help her team secure a victory. Her knowledge of lactate levels was critical to her group’s successful diagnosis of their patient.
This year’s event had teams manage a patient case in which they had to decide what tests to order, then use the test results to answer clinical questions. The teams were judged on interprofessional teamwork, communication, case progression/problem-solving, diagnosis and treatment.
“It was a close competition and every team did very well,” said Stefanie Ellison, M.D., School of Medicine IPE coordinator. “I was impressed with their ability to manage the patient case interprofessionally.”
Deans from the UMKC health sciences schools, Mary Anne Jackson, M.D., School of Medicine, and Russ Melchert, School of Pharmacy, served as judges in the final round. Faculty members from the health sciences schools also served as judges throughout the competition.
The event is planned each year by a group of UMKC medical and pharmacy students. School of Medicine students Jordann Dhuse and Paige Charboneau, and School of Pharmacy students Michael Scott and Joseph Bredeck planned this year’s event and the patient cases.
Organizers work to modify the competition each year to improve the overall experience for students. The group modified this year’s cases and developed Google Classroom as an electronic medical record for students to receive test results and images.
At least two different schools were represented on each team in the two-round, case-based competition. Eight medical students, seven pharmacy students, one nursing and one dental student took part in the competition.
One team from Washington University in St. Louis withdrew at the last minute because of weather concerns. Ellison said event organizers hope to expand the competition into a local and even a regional event in the future with local teams from outside of UMKC as well as beyond Kansas City.