University of Rochester: Preparing Family Nurse Practitioners and Physicians for Interprofessional Collaborative Care with IPEC Core Competencies

Member Since: February 2016

Intervention: Preparing Family Nurse Practitioners and Physicians for Interprofessional Collaborative Care with IPEC Core Competencies


  • University of Rochester Department of Family Medicine, School of Nursing

  • University of Rochester Medical Center’s Center for Experiential Learning

  • Saint John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy

  • Highland Family Medicine

Occupations represented: students and professionals including family medicine physicians, licensed practical nurses, marriage and family therapists, medical assistants, medical secretaries, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, psychologists, and social workers.

Overview: This project focuses on developing IPE competencies among nurse practitioners in a one-year residency program and family medicine residents in a three-year residency program. The intervention places the NP residents in weekly interprofessional education sessions with family medicine residents and on interprofessional collaborative care teams at Highland Family Medicine. The NP residents will have both NP and MD faculty preceptors, who will provide feedback on interoprofessional skills development and teamwork.

Outcome measures address evidence of teamwork and the IPE Core Competencies (Values/Ethics, Roles/Responsibilities, Interprofessional Communication and Teams/Teamwork). Scales to support measurement will include the IPEC Competency Survey Instrument and Assessment for Collaborative Environments tool (ACE-15). Changes in knowledge regarding communication, team roles, and health care policy will also be measured.

Highland Family Medicine provides the full spectrum of family medicine services to 20,000 patients, averaging 60,000 visits annually. The patient population is racially and ethnically diverse with over 60 different primary languages represented. Fifty percent of patients are Medicaid eligible. Additional onsite resources include behavioral health services, immunization outreach workers, chronic disease nurse case managers, a depression care manager, a blood pressure advocate, a Family Planning team, a social worker, an OB-GYN and a family physician with Sports Medicine training.

Intervention Study Question:

  • How does an interprofessional education residency centered on the IPEC Competencies affect nurse practitioners’ and family medicine residents’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes compared to those of nurse practitioners who start working in primary care without the residency?

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