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OBJECTIVE To assess the effect of an innovative training exercise on post-graduate healthcare trainees’ knowledge and perspectives of medication adherence and skills gained within an interprofessional training program.

METHODS Postgraduate trainees (medicine, pharmacy, advanced practice nursing, and mental health) at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center’s Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education interprofessional training program participated in a medication adherence exercise and training session. The session included a formal PowerPoint presentation, an innovative medication adherence simulation exercise, clinical scenarios, and a journal club. Verbal feedback during the debriefing session occurred after the medication adherence simulation exercise and throughout the session.


Six trainees participated in the exercise and training session (2 medical residents, 2 nurse practitioner residents, 1 pharmacy resident, and 1 clinical psychology fellow). Trainees reported developing a greater understanding for barriers patients face with medication adherence, empathy, and strategies to manage patients’ medication adherence.


The medication adherence exercise and training session provided an opportunity for healthcare professionals from different professions to discuss medication adherence and share their educational training and previous clinical experiences within an interprofessional training program.

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