Health Care Team Challenge: A Versatile Model for Interprofessional Education

The Health Care Team ChallengeTM (HCTC) is an innovative, versatile, low cost interprofessional (IP) learning activity that is used to simulate “real-life” team-based problem solving. The HCTC model can easily be adapted to meet core competencies for collaborative care in all health professions programs.

Key characteristics of a HCTC are described and one example of how the HCTC model has been successfully implemented is highlighted. The HCTC is a clinical case-based competition between two or more interprofessional teams of students representing at least two health and social service disciplines (6-8 is ideal).

Student participants receive the initial patient scenario at least one week, preferably 2 to 3 weeks, in advance of the live event.

Teams are instructed to work collaboratively to formulate a patient-centered plan of care. On the day of the event, the teams present their plan in front of a live audience of faculty, peers and community members.

Then, teams are presented with additional information relevant to the case, challenging each team to adjust its management plan to incorporate the new information.

Additionally, teams are asked to respond to “process questions” such as, “How did your team resolve conflicts?” and “What do you view as the strengths of your team?” Teams alternate in the presentation of the care plans and responses to team process questions.

At the conclusion of the event, teams are evaluated by an IP panel of judges that may include the patient or family member, faculty, and / or a practicing community-based, interprofessional care team. An “audience choice award” may also be presented.

Teams are judged on both the quality of the management plan and the level of collaboration as illustrated by responses to the team process questions. All team participants, judges, and event sponsors receive recognition for their involvement. Winning team members may also receive prizes or scholarship funding.

Type Course
CME Available No
Cost Free
Note 2013; Must be registered with MedEd Portal.

Date of Resource

Genomic Competencies

Experts from the disciplines listed below have tagged this resource as fulfulling genomic competencies.

Genetic Counselor

  • Professional Development & Practice
    • 22:   Accept responsibility for one's physical and emotional health as it impacts on professional performance.
      • 22b:   Develop positive relationships with professionals across different disciplines.