Table 2

Relationship between interprofessional competency categories and the study’s derived themes and educational value added by the service-learning experience

Interprofessional Competency CategoryDerived ThemesValue Added
Values and ethics for interprofessional practiceRelieving suffering by providing access to dental care to populations that are underserved.
Learning the role of dental issues in overall health.
Exposure to real-world inequities and disparities close to home increased understanding about what it means to lack access to care.
Roles and responsibilities for collaborative practiceGaining confidence in professional skills with hands-on care.Developing respect for the unique roles in each profession promoted confidence in the skills of other health care professionals.
Interprofessional communicationsCommunicating back and forth, gaining respect for each other’s professional focus.Patient-centered communication practices focused on meeting acute needs in a population that is underserved and demonstrated the need for and value of each profession.
Interprofessional teamwork and team-based careFacilitating the process of patient care through teamwork.Real-world situation of acute needs of a population that is underserved increased student focus on collaboration to deliver patient-centered care.
Overall goal of interprofessional educationEveryone has a part to play in ensuring access to quality care.Recognition of the value of and need for all team members including volunteers in order to coordinate appropriate and effective care in a time-limited situation.
  • Note: The categories in the left column are from: Interprofessional Education Collaborative. Core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice: report of an expert panel. Washington, DC: Interprofessional Education Collaborative, 2011.