January 27, 2011

Interdisciplinary Clinical Case Competition (ICCC) Sponsored by the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, Wednesday, Feb. 23

Feb. 23, brings the second annual Interdisciplinary Clinical Case Competition (ICCC) sponsored by the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance.

With the experience and excitement built from the inaugural event in 2009, we are very excited about the next episode of the competition.

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 and Dietetic Internship Program); and two from the University of Tennessee (College of Pharmacy and College of Graduate Social Work).

There are three interdisciplinary student teams with nine student participants. Each team will have students representing each of the disciplines mentioned above.

Students are chosen to represent their school or program by their dean or program director, based on the student’s openness to the value of an interdisciplinary approach and the student’s ability to function on a team. The student must be in the final year of training. The overall competition takes about six weeks from orientation to public competition.

A team of interdisciplinary faculty from Meharry, Vanderbilt and UT work together for several months to develop details of a clinical case that will provide meaningful opportunities to highlight teamwork and also the importance and value of each discipline. The case details, scoring and competition process are developed with great focus and attention by each faculty participant to assure that the benefits of the competition to students will be realized.

During orientation, students are given most details of the case, a list of instructions and guidelines by discipline and some verifying paperwork. That night the students learn what other students are on their team. The students determine a leader and give themselves a team name. At each step of the competition, the work of the team will be reviewed and scored by faculty from each discipline.

Roughly a month after orientation, there will be an event at the Vanderbilt Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment (CELA). There will be patient actors who will be trained by the CELA staff to represent the details of the patients 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.

A week or so later, 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 an unique educational experience for all participants.

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