VA Interprofessional Education Update: CoEPCE: Compendium of Five Case Studies: Lessons for Interprofessional Teamwork in Education and Workplace Learning Environments 2011-2016

The Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education (CoEPCE) staff are pleased to announce the release of:Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education: Compendium of Five Case Studies: Lessons for Interprofessional Teamwork in Education and Workplace Learning Environments 2011-2016.

Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education (2017). Compendium of Five Case Studies: Lessons for Interprofessional Teamwork in Education and Workplace Learning Environments 2011-2016 (S. Gilman & L. Traylor Eds.): United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Academic Affiliations.  ISBN: 978-0-16-094202-0

Helen Keller once said Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much!” The Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education enlisted the expertise of authors, educators, clinical champions, trainees/residents, change agents and policy makers from nursing, medicine, social work, pharmacy, psychology, physical therapy and other professions, but all seeking improvement strategies for interprofessional, patient-centered clinical education and methods to better prepare health professions team leaders of the future. This peer-reviewed compendium provides tools and resources to help prepare professionals for interprofessional collaborative practice intended to improve care for Veterans and the nation.

 Annette Gardner, PHD, MPH (UCSF) and other CoEPCE authors (detailed below) located in VA medical centers in Boise Idaho; Cleveland, Ohio; San Francisco, California; Seattle, Washington; and West Haven, Connecticut worked together to overview the project and tell the story behind five unique examples of integrated interprofessional curriculum to support the clinical education workplace. These case studies align with the project’s domains of shared decision-making, sustained relationships, interprofessional collaboration and performance improvement with the purpose of “fostering transformation of clinical education by preparing graduates of health professions programs to work in and lead patient centered interprofessional teams. The future is now.

Barbara Brandt, PhD, Director of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education  states that this work tells “a different story (of collaborative and interprofessional clinical education), one rarely told in traditional academic venues…the deeper story behind the story”….“we have the opportunity to learn about context and developmental issues from a national large-scale complex adaptive systems perspective.

The Case Studies further build upon VA’s seven tenants of interprofessional academic clinical transformation. 

(Academic PACT: A blueprint for primary care redesign in academic practice settings, 2013)  

1) Quality patient care through the development of next generation health care practitioners;

2) Potential of all clinical staff as teachers/teaching faculty;

3) Continuity of patient care and in teaching practice and learning;

4) Population-based interprofessional team care delivery;

5) Metrics to support education, quality patient care and system performance;

6) Multiple professions of learners engaged in the clinical learning environment;

7) Interprofessional clinical and collaborative leadership models

VA encourages use and adaptations of this work to support complex, but important challenges of integrating education into the interprofessional clinical workplace. Please consider providing important insight that will support future developments at the following link: https://www.research.net/r/VA-CoEPCE-CASESTUDIES

Case Study Lead Author: Annette Gardner, PHD, MPH, of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco worked closely with VA’s Office of Academic Affiliations Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education (CoEPCE) Coordinating Center to lead the project’s five legacy sites towards developing this important resource.

Case Study Individual authors:

  • Boise VA Medical Center and the CoEPCE’s “Interprofessional Case Conferences for High Risk/High Need Patients- The PACT ICU Model”:William G. Weppner, MD, MPH; Janet Willis, BSN, RN; Jared Bernotski, BA;
  • Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and the CoEPCE’s “Dyad Model”: Laura Clementz, MA, MS; Renée H. Lawrence, PhD; Mary A. Dolansky, PhD, RN; Alli M. Heilman, NP; Anne R. Rusterholtz, MSN, NP; Simran Singh, MD; Matthew Sparks, MSN, NP; and Mamta K. Singh, MD, MS
  • San Francisco VA Health Care System and the CoEPCE’s “Huddling for Higher Performing Teams”: Rebecca Shunk, MD; Maya Dulay, MD; Anna Strewler, MS, AGNP-BC and Bridget O’Brien PhD
  • VA Puget Sound Health Care System Seattle Division CoEPCE “Panel management Model”: Catherine P. Kaminetzky, MD, MPH; Anne P. Poppe, PhD, RN; and Joyce E. Wipf, MD
  • Connecticut VA Health Care System West Haven Campus CoEPCE “Initiative to Minimize Pharmaceutical Risk in Older Veterans (IMPROVE) Polypharmacy Model”.  John M. Thomas, MD; Marcia C. Mecca, MD; Anne Hyson, MD, MSc; Kristina M. Niehoff, PharmD, BCPS; Sean Jeffery, PharmD, GCP, FASCP, FNAP; John Sellinger, PhD; Rebecca Brienza, MD, MPH.

Look for this document on the Office of Academic Affiliations CoEPCE Website.  It will soon be available through the U.S. Government Bookstore: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/ and has been submitted to Academic Channels: EBSCOhost ProQuest, SharedBook/Academic Pub

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