Game Helps Educate Professionals at the Detroit VA - John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan
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Game Helps Educate Professionals at the Detroit VA

Five VA staff sitting at a table playing a game of Inter-professional jeopardy.

Continuing education for VA staff had a fun twist in early July when teams paired off for a round of “Inter-professional Jeopardy”.

By Dr. Nicole Stromberg, Detroit VA Healthcare System Designated Education Officer
Thursday, July 30, 2015

Continuing education for VA staff had a fun twist in early July when teams paired off for a round of “Inter-professional Jeopardy”.

“Family Feud” style questions related to inter-professional practice were posed and members of Mental Health’s Behavioral Home Inter-professional Program (BHIP) which includes social workers, nurses, clerks, secretaries, psychologists, psychiatrists, addiction therapists, peer support coordinators and psychiatry residents competed.

“The purpose is to be more intentional to teach and learn about our colleagues’ distinct roles within teams,” said Dr. Nicole Stromberg, the Detroit VA’s Designated Education Officer and a psychiatrist herself. “We provide the best care to Veterans when we work collaboratively. We can do this most effectively when we truly understand each profession’s unique roles within a team.” Jeopardy was hosted by Dr. Rami Abukamil, a third year psychiatry resident. This is his third year providing care on the yellow team in the BHIP, where he will remain until he graduates in June 2017. Dr. Sheena Joychan, the fourth year psychiatry chief resident added, “Who wouldn’t rather play a fun game to learn than just read or go to a class?”

The VA is a leader in inter-professional practice. It’s evident in hospitals and in the clinic; in the BHIP, PACT and Community Living Center (CLC), for example. Exposing trainees from numerous disciplines to inter-professional practice is critical in order to prepare our future health professionals to work together effectively in today’s healthcare environment, according the medical center leadership.

Psychiatry residents are the largest affiliate residency training program rotating at the Detroit VA. “We worked hard to build cohesive well rounded teams that provide a full spectrum of psychiatric services to our Veterans. This is a best practice model of care. Incorporating residents into this model allows for a consistent learning experience over four consecutive years of training, which is very powerful,” said Dr. Bella Schanzer, Associate Chief of Staff of Mental Health

“Inter-professional Feud” finished in a dead heat between two teams, with the third trailing closely behind. At the end of the day, fun was had by all!

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