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Interdisciplinary Panel Discussions with LEND Faculty

Documents
Tfse Challenge (239KB) [download]
Interdisciplinary Work (130KB) [download]
Rethinking MCH (293KB) [download]
Mandatory vs Voluntary Consent for NBS (328KB) [download]
Framework as Metaphor (61KB) [download]
DeLuca Parent's Experiences (374KB) [download]

Briefly describe the activity and its purpose.

NH LEND convenes a series of interdisciplinary panel discussions with LEND faculty and trainees. For these panel discussions, a reading is assigned as a catalyst for discussion, 5-6 interdisciplinary LEND faculty respond to the reading from the perspective of their discipline, and guiding questions are used to engage the group in dialogue. 

Topics/questions explored have included: 

  • Evidence-based Practice (Reading: tsfe challenge): To prepare for the panel discussion, please read this position paper and come to the panel with a definition of what constitutes evidence, or an evidence-based practice, in your discipline. Each panel member will be asked to summarize their definition in 3-4 minutes, then a series of questions will be posed for discussion. Trainees will be reading the position paper and coming to seminar prepared to discuss the issues as well.
  • Interdisciplinary Teamwork (Reading: Interdisciplinary Work): To prepare for the panel discussion, please read the attached paper on ‘interprofessional education' and come to the panel with your thoughts on the benefits and barriers associated with interdisciplinary teamwork from your perspective. Each panel member will be asked to summarize their thoughts in 3-4 minutes and then we will engage in discussion. Trainees will be reading the paper and coming to seminar prepared to discuss the issues - a series of questions will be posed for consideration.
  • Life Course Perspective (Readings: Rethinking MCH, mandatory vs voluntary consent, Framework as Metaphor, DeLuca): No questions were posed for this session, but rather there were short presentations followed by discussion. A family whose infant had been screened for PKU at birth came to discuss their experiences at screening, diagnosis and intervention. Outcomes of newborn screening versus no screening were discussed in relation to this family's experience. The following are the topics that were presented followed by discussion:
  • Overview of PKU (Medical Geneticist)
  • Impact of Newborn Screening policies on families (MCH Policy)
  • Newborn Screening methods & implementation (Epidemiologist)
  • Life Course Panel Discussion

What are the expected learning outcomes for trainees?

The purpose of these panels is to provide a forum for engaging trainees in substantive discussion on the opportunities and challenges associated with interdisciplinary work, to develop the leadership and communication skills necessary for effective interdisciplinary collaboration, and to provide a forum for dialogue amongst LEND faculty on issues of an interdisciplinary nature.

Briefly describe the positive impacts this activity has had on trainees.

Panel discussions have been well received and have provided a rare opportunity to network and grapple with tensions associated with interdisciplinary work.

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