Published December 6, 2019
Congratulations to Associate Professor Diane Elze and her colleagues on the publication of their article "Meet Fred Santiago: Enriching an interprofessional forum on chronic health conditions through film."
Fusco, N. M., Elze, D. E., Antonson, D. E., et al. (2019). Meet Fred Santiago: Enriching an interprofessional forum on chronic health conditions through film. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.
Objective. To describe the University at Buffalo (UB) Office of Interprofessional Education (IPE)’s development, implementation, and evaluation of a film, Meet Fred Santiago, for the purposes of developing foundational knowledge and skills related to interprofessional collaboration.
Methods. An existing interprofessional case study was utilized as the foundation for the film. To ensure a high quality product UB partnered with a local theatre company to produce it. The film was integrated into an Interprofessional Forum for more than 600 students representing 8 - 12 professions over three years and was evaluated by students and faculty.
Results. After 12 months of work, a 22-minute short film was developed. A total of 588, 670, and 663 students and 72, 91, and 87 faculty participated in the Forum in Spring 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively. Of these, 561 (95%), 642 (96%) and 655 (99%) students and 46 (64%), 67 (74%), and 61 (70%) faculty completed the film evaluation. The majority (>86%) of student and faculty respondents agreed or strongly agreed the film presented a realistic view of the challenges faced by people with multiple chronic problems. Students (>85%) agreed or strongly agreed the film helped them appreciate the breadth of issues confronting individuals with multiple chronic problems.
Conclusion. The film, Meet Fred Santiago, has been positively rated by both students and faculty in its realism and its effectiveness in introducing health professions students to the complex interrelationship of medical, psychological, and social issues experienced by individuals with chronic health conditions.