NYU3T: Teaching, Technology, Teamwork

Institute for Innovations in Medical Education Grants NYU3T: Teaching, Technology, Teamwork
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Institute for Innovations in Medical Education Grants NYU3T: Teaching, Technology, Teamwork

At NYU School of Medicine and NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, a model of interprofessional education called NYU3T: Teaching, Technology, Teamwork enhances undergraduate medical and nursing students’ competency in team-based care. 

This four-year project fosters collaboration among physicians and nurses to enhance communication and care coordination for interprofessional healthcare teams. The project also has tested a curriculum for virtual interdisciplinary training of healthcare professionals and validated new technologies for health professions education.

Overseen by principal investigators Marc M. Triola, MD, at NYU School of Medicine, and Maja Djukic, PhD, RN, at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, NYU3T is supported with funding from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation

The NYU3T curriculum doesn’t replace traditional clinical experiences in either medicine or nursing. Rather, it affords students several advantages, such as the following:

  • continuity of learning across their years of education, including simulated disease progression
  • unique opportunities for interdisciplinary team building, including role-playing, working collaboratively in interdisciplinary notes, and formulating problem and care plan lists
  • integration of basic science and clinical medicine
  • contextually sensitive learning links into other comprehensive computer-based resources at NYU, as well as to the medical literature

A Model of Virtual, Interdisciplinary Learning

The NYU3T curriculum, which focuses on patient safety and quality improvement, consists of online learning modules, virtual patients, mannequin-based simulation, and clinical crossover to prepare medical and nursing students for interprofessional practice.

Web-Based Learning Modules

The didactic part of the NYU3T curriculum is provided in a series of one-hour web-based modules that include texts, images, videos, virtual teammates, and interactive exercises. The modules address interprofessional topics, such as healthcare team members’ roles and responsibilities, teams and teamwork, effective communication and conflict resolution, interdisciplinary care planning, and informatics. 

Virtual Patients

A two-hour complementary virtual experience allows medical and nursing students to collaborate in virtual teams and see screen-based virtual patients along with simulated collaborative patient encounters.

Pairs of medical and nursing students are assigned two virtual patients who have congestive heart failure and experience a fall. They must “manage” these patients for two weeks.

Mannequin-Based Interprofessional Simulation

This voluntary 90-minute session of on-campus clinical simulation, held during the spring semester, allows medical and nursing students to apply communication and teamwork skills to encounters with robotic “patients” and faculty preceptors.

Clinical Crossover

As part of regularly scheduled clinical sessions, students may participate in a clinical crossover. A nursing student can shadow medical students or a medical student can shadow nursing students.

Online Learning Modules

Several modules are available to download as zip files, including the following:

  • Module 1: healthcare team members
  • Module 2: teams and teamwork
  • Module 3: communication and conflict resolution
  • Module 4: informatics and health information technology
  • Module 5: interprofessional care planning
  • Module 6: virtual patient Emma Cook
  • Module 7: virtual patient Lin Trang

Faculty Guides

NYU3T Reference Materials for Students and Faculty in a Clinical Setting

Geriatric Interdisciplinary Team Training

Geriatric Interdisciplinary Team Training Materials

Other Online Resources and Sites