The Interprofessional Showcase

Evaluating an event to increase professional understanding and collaboration


  • Kathleen Anne Gould, Ed.D., R.D., L.D.N. Towson University
  • Andrea Barton, M.S. Towson University
  • Karen Day, M.S. Towson University



Interprofessional education, Health professional education, Interprofessional collaboration, Interdisciplinary


Traditional didactic instruction is not an effective means to provide the interprofessional education that health and human services professional students need. This paper describes a college event aimed at engaging undergraduate and graduate students from several academic departments in interprofessional collaboration. Participants toured and interacted in academic spaces of other professional disciplines to gain an understanding of these professional roles. Interprofessional collaboration was demonstrated and experienced in these spaces and in the group discussions that followed these activities. A series of micro-vignettes, questions, and road blocks provided problems for participants to solve in interprofessional groups. Pre-post comparison surveys indicated that participants increased in their understanding of their professional role and the role of others in health care and community settings. An improved understanding of the benefits and challenges of interprofessional teams was achieved and participants felt more confident in their ability to work in these teams at job or internship sites.

Author Biographies

Kathleen Anne Gould, Ed.D., R.D., L.D.N., Towson University

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Towson University

Andrea Barton, M.S., Towson University

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Towson University

Karen Day, M.S., Towson University

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology & Deaf Studies, Towson