Nexus Summit 2023 Seminar Showcase: Models in Action: Multi-institutional Approaches to Developing Comprehensive IPE Curricula
The Nexus Summit Seminar Showcase is a free webinar series from the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. The seminar showcase features the highest rated peer-reviewed seminars offered during last year’s annual conference, the Nexus Summit 2023, and covers topics ranging from artificial intelligence (AI), longitudinal assessment strategies, team well-being, health equity, multi-institutional models, and interprofessional advocacy, among others. Offered between March - July 2024, the Nexus Summit Seminar Showcase will provide an opportunity to learn from, with, and about the work being done to improve practice, education and health for those we serve.
The need for intentionally structured IPE experiences with clear goals and metrics across the learning continuum has been nationally and repeatedly endorsed. The 2019 Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative (HPAC) report stresses the importance of developing and organizing quality IPE programs, including systematic institutional IPE approaches, collaboration across academic programs to scaffold learning experiences appropriate to learners’ levels, and longitudinal integration into existing professional curricula. However, challenges in designing systematic IPE curricula across health professions have highlighted the need for best practice IPE experience criteria, an inventory of opportunities, and a process to categorize and organize interprofessional learning experiences.
To address these needs, three universities in the United States first independently developed innovative models within their institution’s IPE curriculum structure to 1) establish criteria for defining IPE experiences; 2) inventory existing non-centralized IPE opportunities across academic programs and clinical settings; 3) formally evaluate inventoried experiences using the criteria; and 4) provide a framework to identify, compare, and stratify IPE experiences satisfying the criteria. The models were designed to allow the interprofessional leaders at each institution to describe a “vision, framework, and justification” for their IPE curricular offerings, as HPAC suggests.
This seminar will guide participants through the process of generating an approach to establishing and organizing quality IPE at their own institutions. The authors will present findings from a cross-institutional analysis of the models described above; share lessons learned; and work with participants to develop concrete next steps toward continued pursuit of best practices to promote high-quality IPE. Interactive strategies will include polls to gauge current statuses of the IPE models at participants’ home institutions and a worksheet to outline next steps toward creating systematic IPE plans locally. Attendees will leave with knowledge of best practices for creating their own “vision, framework, and justification” for their institution’s IPE curriculum, as well as strategies for how to do so.
The seminar will address the theme of “The Classroom and Beyond: Preparing Students for Collaborative Practice” by describing and facilitating implementation of IPE models employing systematic approaches to defining and organizing IPE across the continuum of learners. Aligned with the HPAC guidance for creating quality IPE, interprofessional programming that is intentionally structured and categorized using such models will allow for higher quality interprofessional experiences, better preparing students to practice collaboratively. The seminar will describe macro-level approaches for enhancing IPE locally to affect better teamwork in practice.
Shoshana Sicks, EdD, Thomas Jefferson University
Brooke Salzman, MD, FNAP, Thomas Jefferson University
Sara North, PT, DPT, PhD, MEd., PNAP, University of Minnesota
Jennifer Jessen, EdD, RN, CNOR, FNAP, Creighton University
Cheri Friedrich, DNP, APRN, IBCLC, CPNP-PC, FNAP, FAAN, University of Minnesota
Kimberly Beran-Sheplar, PT, DPT, Creighton University
Amber King, PharmD, BCPS, FNAP, Thomas Jefferson University
Brian Sick, MD, FACP, FNAP, University of Minnesota