U-M IPE Faculty Change Agents “Carry Forth”

Interprofessional fellows

The team projects and professional growth of the second cohort Interprofessional Leadership Fellows were celebrated at their graduation dinner.

On May 23, 2018, the 17 graduating University of Michigan faculty Interprofessional Leadership (IPL) Fellows of the second cohort (2017-18) were honored at an evening event at Palmer Commons. The occasion was also a reunion, bringing together the first and third cohorts of IPL fellows for an evening of discussion with Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education (IPE) Executive Committee members on how to accelerate IPE efforts at U-M.

“Carry forward all you learned and all your great ideas,” the IPL fellows were told by U-M School of Social Work Dean Lynn Videka, who also chairs the Health Sciences Council that includes deans from U-M’s Ann Arbor seven health professions schools.

“I think and believe that America hopes for a better, more efficient health care system,” she continued. “Instead of being the nation that spends the most and only achieves mediocre outcomes, we want to move from that position to being the true leader, with the best overall standard of health.”  IPL fellows have the ideas and ability needed to create that change,” Dean Videka explained, adding: “IPE and integrated health are keys to better health in America.”

Team projects from the second IPL cohort included:

  • A chronic disease management patient care simulation including public health, medicine, social work, physical therapy, and pharmacy students.
  • The foundational interprofessional module on Teams and Teamwork, piloted with 339 students.
  • A “day in the life” simulation based experience of a family with a child with autism, for nursing and dental students.
  • A systematic review of qualitative tools for evaluating interprofessional competencies.

The IPL fellows program seeks to develop faculty into champions for IPE and equip them to be change agents within their schools and practice settings. The second cohort of fellows now join their colleagues from the first cohort in looking at education and practice with an IPE lens and using innovative approaches to advance education and the preparation of the next generation of health professionals.

Stay tuned for our call for applicants for the fourth cohort of IPL fellows this fall!

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