Nexus Innovation Challenge - Background

Nexus Innovation Challenge Nexus Innovation Challenge - Background


Nexus Summit 2019

The 2019 Clinical Learning Environment Innovation Challenge, a partnership between the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, the National Collaborative on Improving the Clinical Learning Environment (NCICLE), and SmithGroup, was a dynamic, team-based, design thinking experience at the Nexus Summit 2019. Institutions were invited to submit a challenge they are facing at their institution based on specific CLE settings such as acute care hospitals, ambulatory care, and public health settings. Forty participants representing 13 professions and 12 institutions participated in the 2019 Innovation Challenge.

Nexus Summit 2020

Nexus Summit 2020 continued its focus on the clinical learning environment, with a deeper focus on key questions that have emerged in four areas of focus. Throughout the Nexus Summit, attendees were challenged to think and have dialogue around those four key topics:

  1. Interprofessional collaboration
  2. Diversity, disparities and equity
  3. Patients, families, caregivers, communities, populations
  4. Galvanizing systemic change

The National Center plenary on August 20, presented by Barbara Brandt and Christine Arenson, “Leaning In to Our Upended World” explored the implications of these core topics as we lean in to – and not run away from – this year’s big surprises and their implications for our daily work in education and practice, research questions and policy considerations. The ideas and opportunities that emerged from this dialogue are informing National Center strategic action planning. 


2021 Nexus Innovation Challenge


The 2021 Nexus Innovation Challenge was the first year of the innovative longitudinal format that allowed teams to work with the program leadership and their coaches throughout the Development of their solutions, and enabled ongoing support through an Implementation Phase. The program has been further revised based on participant feedback and will be offered as an 8/9 month longitudinal program in the future.