A) Medical Student Recruitment
The IPC program was mandatory for McMaster medical students, therefore, recruiting them was not necessary. All 164 students in the class of 2010 signed up to complete the mandatory placement. The number of medical students would have, undoubtedly, been substantially lower had this program not been mandated by the School of Medicine.
Students were informed about the program by Dr. Cathy Risdon and Ms. Jane Bennett (Medical School Program Coordinator).
B) Nursing Student Recruitment
The IPC program was not mandatory for nursing level 3 and level 4 nursing students which made recruiting nursing student difficult for the second phase of the program. Our original plan was to recruit 40-45 nursing students but due to busy workloads and competing Interprofessional Education (IPE) offerings, we were only able to recruit and place 6 students.
Nursing students were recruited using the following strategies:
- Attending level 3 and 4 orientation days and handing out the Promoting Collaborative Practice in the Community brochure with treats.
- Sending information for the Promoting Collaborative Practice in the Community by email.
- Displaying the Promoting Collaborative Practice in the Community poster in areas highly trafficked by nursing students.
Level 3 and level 4 nursing students were specifically targeted because most of the these students had previous experience with community placements and some may have had experience with home care.
C) Clinician Recruitment
Community Rehab, our partner agency, was responsible for recruiting clinicians to act as preceptors.
To recruit clinicians Community Rehab asked the professional leaders of each specific discipline to recommend clinicians who would be interested in having medical students shadow them. The response was terrific and initially Community Rehab had more clinicians than was needed for all the medical students. Clinicians from the five disciplines attended a training session and then the matching process began.
"At Community Rehab, we have a number of excellent clinicians who have mentored many students along the way ..."
— Community Rehab staff