Learning from Quitting: student engagement in an interprofessional student-led smoking cessation program enhances communication and collaboration.


  • Beverly Fitzpatrick Memorial University
  • Leslie Phillips Memorial University, NL, Canada
  • Stephanie Chesser University of Manitoba, Manitoba, Canada


We developed an intervention to facilitate student learning through interprofessional education. Pharmacy students and psychiatry residents worked together in a student-led, real-world smoking cessation clinic. Too often, interprofessional education is delivered in classroom settings, sometimes using simulated patient scenarios with whom students interact as a team. There are few structured activities that involve caring for real patients. Our intention was that students would be more engaged in learning through a collaborative pedagogy that emphasized communication. We used a qualitative methodology to develop, analyze, and explain student learning. Data collection included self-reflections, drawings, and interviews. Our results showed that students and residents learned to help clients quit smoking, how to collaborate as members of interprofessional teams, and how to communicate effectively to and with diverse clients and other professionals. They felt engaged in their learning with each other, and engaged in their learning with the clients from the clinic. They thought that learning in a real world setting went beyond what they could have learned in a classroom setting or even a simulated experience. 


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Author Biographies

Beverly Fitzpatrick, Memorial University

Beverly FitzPatrick is an associate professor School of Pharmacy, cross-appointment Faculty of Education, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Leslie Phillips, Memorial University, NL, Canada

Leslie Phillips is a professor with the School of Pharmacy and Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Stephanie Chesser, University of Manitoba, Manitoba, Canada

Stephanie Chesser is an assistant professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, University of Manitoba, Manitoba, Canada.


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Fitzpatrick, B., Phillips, L., & Chesser, S. (2024). Learning from Quitting: student engagement in an interprofessional student-led smoking cessation program enhances communication and collaboration. Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal, 5(3), 215–232. Retrieved from https://sehej.raise-network.com/raise/article/view/1216