George E. Thibault, MD Nexus Award
The George E. Thibault, MD Nexus Award celebrates exemplary interprofessional collaboration in the United States and those who are thinking and acting differently where practice and education connect in health systems.
Given annually at the Nexus Summit, this award recognizes Nexus partnerships of health systems, clinics, educational institutions, and/or community organizations for extraordinary contributions to the Nexus: Redesigning both healthcare education and healthcare delivery simultaneously to be better integrated and more interprofessional while demonstrating outcomes.
In 2019, based on the increasing sophistication of submissions from both single system and multi-system implementations, the National Center moved to recognize partnerships demonstrating the Nexus at different levels of implementation:
Single-System Implementation: Meaningful integration of interprofessional education and collaborative practice in local implementation predominantly in a single setting or local network that leverages strong education and practice partnerships.
Multi-System Implementation: Visionary cross-organizational, systems-level partnerships with multiple organizations and groups in partnership with people/patients, families and communities such as statewide or regional IPE collaboratives, health system-community-education organizations partnerships, and national organizations.
The simultaneous transformation of the health system and education requires leadership in both large system and local innovation of all types and at all levels. Focused innovative programs can have profound ripple effects in systems, as can visionary large multi-system initiatives. The lessons from both are needed and important.
Click on the years below to learn more about past awardees and their Nexus partnerships.
- University of Illinois Chicago
- University of Oklahoma Health Science Center and Unity Clinic
- Case Western Reserve University
- West Virginia University
- Carolina COVID-19 Student Services Corps
2020 Awardee: University of Maryland
- National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (multi-system implementation)
- Community Health Center, Inc. (single-system implementation)
2018 Awardee: Florida International University
2017 Awardee: The University of Washington, University of Washington Medical Center’s Regional Heart Center
2016 Awardee: University of Southern Indiana
About the George E. Thibault, MD Nexus Award
The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education honors the contributions of George E. Thibault, MD who served as the President of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation from 2008 - 2018. During his presidency, the Macy Foundation made extraordinary commitments to interprofessional education, linked with better outcomes. Dr. Thibault and the Macy Foundation have hosted many conferences and reports on graduate medical education, interprofessional education, and team-based practice. The seminal report “Aligning IPE with Clinical Practice Resign” was foundational to the vision of the Nexus at the National Center. Dr. Thibault was also instrumental in the founding of the National Center. We honor his legacy in IPE through the naming of this award.