Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 279–282 | Cite as

Building a Community of Health Professionals to Establish a Shared Learning Experience in Psychiatry and Substance Use Disorders for Health Professions Students

  • Andrew Muzyk
  • Kathryn Andolsek
  • Patricia Mullan
  • Christine Tew
  • Charles Sanders
  • Anne Derouin
  • Brigit Carter
  • Shelley Holmer
Feature: Perspective

Caring for patients with psychiatric and substance use disorders requires collaboration among numerous healthcare providers in order to manage their complex medical, social, and psychological needs [1]. Typically, healthcare team members learn how to work together in the actual delivery of care [2]. Unfortunately, learning teamwork “by doing” can be difficult to achieve when it is perceived as competing with the demands of clinical practice, rather than in the spirit of intentionally working together.

Despite the potential value of collaborative practice, numerous barriers challenge successful collaboration in clinical practice [2]. These barriers include professional concerns about autonomy and accountability, competition for financial resources, and procedural differences between disciplines. Introducing interprofessional education in the early stages of training is one strategy to improve health professions students’ appreciation of the value of collaborative practice [3, 4, 5].



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On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health SciencesBuies CreekUSA
  2. 2.Duke University School of MedicineDurhamUSA
  3. 3.University of Michigan Medical SchoolAnn ArborUSA
  4. 4.Duke University School of NursingDurhamUSA

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