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Table 1 Inter-Professional Education Events in the 9th SMEC 2013

From: The effectiveness of a shared conference experience in improving undergraduate medical and nursing students’ attitudes towards inter-professional education in an Asian country: a before and after study

Event Description
Plenary Session Distinguished members of the medical and nursing fraternities in Singapore were invited to share their insights with conference participants. The speakers included: • Vice Dean (Education), Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore • Co-Chairperson, Inter-Professional Education Steering Committee, National University of Singapore • Emeritus Consultant, Department of General Surgery, Tan Tock Seng Hospital • Vice President, 64th Medical Society, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore • Vice President, 6th Nursing Subclub, Alice Lee Center for Nursing Studies, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (Of note, the Vice-Presidents of the Medical Society and Nursing Sub-Club presented a joint address, personifying the practice of building good inter-professional relationships even during undergraduate education.)
Small-Group Workshops Participants were given the opportunity to select the workshop that interested them the most out of a choice of 15. Each workshop was co-facilitated by at least one doctor and one nurse; with some facilitators inviting additional colleagues to share at the session. Facilitators were given the freedom to conduct each workshop in any preferred format, but with the guideline that focus should be on the teamwork and cooperation between various healthcare professionals in daily practice. Activities chosen by the facilitators ranged widely from video presentations to role-playing and group discussions. Many also chose to use examples from key events in the history of healthcare in Singapore, such as the 2003 epidemic of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). It was encouraging that all facilitators displayed a great keenness to share their thoughts on IPE with the conference participants. The 15 workshop topics were as follows:
• Emergency Medicine • Family Medicine • General Surgery • Geriatrics • Infectious Diseases • Internal Medicine (2 Workshops) • Maternal Health • Neuroscience • Oncology • Paediatrics • Psychiatry • Research • Simulation • Social Medicine
  1. (Additional non-IPE events held during the conference included a symposium on “Surviving Medical and Nursing School”, as well as a scientific poster competition and a symposium on hospital residency for senior medical students.)