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Posted 6.25.10

It was recently announced that Case Western Reserve University's proposed student-run Saturday Free Clinic, slated to open in 2011 for Cleveland's under-served population, will provide the training grounds for future doctors and nurses to learn to work as healthcare partners for the patient. The Clinic would be a student-led partnership with the already existing resource for the community, the Cleveland Free Clinic.

The clinic is part of a project called "Interprofessional Learning Exchange and Development Program" (I-LEAD) at Case Western Reserve's School of Medicine and Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing that received a $640,000 grant from the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation. This project supports the foundation's goals to improve education for health professionals in the interest of public health and to reflect changes in the healthcare system.

"This grant works toward changing the culture of healthcare. In addition to providing services, student doctors and nurses will experience how people think and function in their different roles as health professionals and learn to work as a team," said Daniel Ornt, vice dean for education and academic affairs at the School of Medicine.

The Schools of Medicine and Nursing worked in tandem with Weatherhead School of Management's Associate Professor Tony Lingham, PhD, of the Organizational Behavior Department to measure team interaction in the pilot study and to use the results in preparing for the grant proposal. In order to help participants learn to work as a team, Dr. Lingham will be analyzing team interaction of the student teams and the research advisory team through the use of his Team Learning and Development Inventory. In addition to this assessment, Dr. Lingham will provide both team training and team coaching for the student teams and the faculty involved from both schools.

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