FEATURED ARTICLES: NURSING EDUCATION RESEARCH ARTICLESSIMULATION as a Means to Foster Collaborative Interdisciplinary EducationDILLON, PATRICIA M.; NOBLE, KIM A.; KAPLAN, LAWRENCEAuthor Information About the AuthorsPatricia M. Dillon, DNSc, RN, and Kim A. Noble, PhD, RN, are assistant professors at Temple University College of Heath Professions, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lawrence Kaplan, MD, is clerkship director, Temple University School of Medicine. The authors are grateful to Dr. Karen Schaefer for her continued support and guidance. For more information, write to Dr. Dillon email@example.com. Nursing Education Perspectives: March-April 2009 - Volume 30 - Issue 2 - p 87-90 Buy Abstract The purpose of this study was multifaceted: to initiate an interdisciplinary collaborative relationship between nursing and medical students; to determine the usefulness of an interdisciplinary approach using simulations as an educational strategy; and to analyze students' perceptions of collaboration. A pre/posttest design was used to assess students' perceptions of interdisciplinary collaboration with a mock code experience using a high-fidelity simulator. Open-ended questions provided another perspective of interdisciplinary collaboration. A convenience sample of fourth-year nursing students and third-year medical students from a large urban university participated in the study. Statistically significant differences (p < 0.05) were seen in medical students' posttest scores for two factors, collaboration and nursing autonomy. The narrative responses revealed that nursing students' perceptions of the nurse-physician relationship became more collaborative after the simulation experience. Both medical and nursing students described the experience as one that should be continued. Copyright 2009 by National League for Nursing, Inc.