Innovative Tools for Measuring Interprofessional Competencies

From 2012-2016, faculty from the UCLA School of Nursing and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA worked together on an interprofessional grant from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. An interprofessional education course, Systems-Based Healthcare, involving third year medical students and advanced practice nursing students, provided the foundation for the project. The team developed and pilot tested a set of six (6) tools for assessing the degree to which individual students have accomplished the competencies and objectives identified by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel. The tools include an interprofessional Knowledge Test, an Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE), an eWalk Observation Tool, a Video Analysis Tool, an Implicit Association Test, and a 360 Evaluation Tool.

The tools are designed to increase the ability of interprofessional education (IPE) to assess student’s accomplishments and provide formative and/or summative results to individual students or programs. In addition, IPE programs can use aggregated outcome results for purposes of continuous quality improvement and program evaluation. These tools are complementary to any educator and can be requested at


Dr. LuAnn Wilkerson                          David Geffen School of Medicine/University Texas Austin

Dr. Linda Sarna                                 School of Nursing

Dr. Mary Ann Shinnick                       School of Nursing

Dr. Margaret Stuber                           David Geffen School of Medicine

Dr. Deborah Koniak-Griffin                 School of Nursing

Dr. Viktor Sigalov                                David Geffen School of Medicine

Dr. Charles Griffis                               David Geffen School of Medicine