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Patient Complexity and Interprofessional Team Care


Patient Complexity and Interprofessional Team Care

Indiana University School of Medicine
Todd James, MD, Steven Counsell, MD, Glenda Westmoreland, MD
Geriatrics Academic Career Award (GACA)
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Patient Complexity and Interprofessional Team Care is a geriatrics block rotation mini-course designed to improve medicine trainee’s understanding of health care teams.  It was developed in the setting of a new model of care collaboration for vulnerable seniors, Geriatric Resources for Assessment and Care of Elders.  The course is a blended curriculum offered during a 4-week residency block rotation in geriatrics. It is composed of a web-based, audio, PowerPoint lecture to introduce the Minnesota Complexity Assessment Method (MCAM) tool and application of the tool using paper cases.  The tool is then applied to actual patients discussed at an interprofessional team meeting of the GRACE care management program.

Educational objectives: 

Given a screening of the patient medical record, attendance at the patient’s GRACE interprofessional team meeting and completion of the Minnesota Complexity Assessment Method (MCAM) tool, the health professional trainee will identify patient situation complexity and describe ways that interprofessional team care members address patient care.

Given a printed Likert scale questionnaire, the resident will indicate positive change in degree of agreement with beliefs about interprofessional teams.

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Estimated time to complete: 
2 hours
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"Todd James, MD"

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Patient Complexity and Interprofessional Team Care. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2019 Available from: