February 15, 2011

Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance Interdisciplinary Clinical Case Competition (ICCC)

The event, based on the University of Texas Houston model, promotes an interdisciplinary learning experience where students learn to appreciate the value of various team members involved in reaching optimal patient outcomes.

Our competition includes eight disciplines, three from Meharry Medical College - School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, and MSPH Program; four from Vanderbilt - School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Law, Dietetic Internship Program; and two disciplines from the University of Tennessee - College of Pharmacy, College of Graduate Social Work.

There will be an important event at the Vanderbilt Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment (CELA) on Feb 16. There will be actors who will be trained by the CELA staff to represent the details of the patient(s) in the case. Members of each team will select representatives to interview the persons while the remainder of the team will observe via real time video. Faculty jurors will also observe the interview and team collaboration process.

On Feb. 23, at 5:30 p.m., the final round of the competition will be held at the Learning Resource Center at Meharry Medical College in front of an audience. Each team will select a person to give the audience a five minute summation of the case. Afterward, the teams will be assembled in front of the audience for college bowl-type questions. Cumulative scores will be known for each team at this time. Each question will be worth a certain number of points. At the end of the question sessions, final scores will be tabulated and a winning team announced.

The competition involves much work on the part of the faculty and student teams but the value of the experience is worth all the effort and time spent. The experience has the potential of influencing the way medical care is delivered, underscores the importance of all team members and offers a special educational experience for all participants.

The public event is open to the public and will be preceded by a reception. The teams will appreciate your cheers and support.