Fifth-Annual U-M Health Professions Education Day

HPE Day poster presentation

The 2019 event provided a lot to celebrate, from an inspiring keynote on improving clinical teamwork to a half-decade of expanding interprofessional practice and education (IPE).

Since the University of Michigan Health Professions Education Day began five years ago, it has continuously grown and improved, largely due to increased quality of and engagement in IPE by faculty and students. Meanwhile, the number of faculty Interprofessional Leadership (IPL) Fellows available to contribute to the event–and the scholarship it celebrates–has grown from 15 in the first cohort to a current total of 67. Together, these IPL Fellows represent the U-M health science schools across the university’s campuses and contribute several team-project-based submissions for the 70+ poster presentations at HPE Day.

“It is very rewarding to see our health professions educators, both faculty and students, come together as a community and share their innovations and success in interprofessional education and collaborative care,” said HPE Day co-chair Caren Stalburg, MD MA, of the U-M Medical School’s Division of Professional Education in the Department of Learning Health Sciences, and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology. “We have come so far as a community in just 4-5 years.”

2019 HPE Day keynote (more photos below)

HPE Day brings together educational scholars, researchers, practitioners, and students to share best practices and explore opportunities for collaboration and innovation. The keynote speaker for 2019, Lorelei Lingard, PhD, set an inspiring tone for the proceedings with her James O. Woolliscroft Endowed Lecture entitled: “Are We Training for Collective Incompetence? Common Education Assumptions & Their Unintended Impacts on Healthcare Teamwork.” An internationally recognized researcher on communication and collaboration, she has studied clinical teams for more than 20 years to support evidence-based educational initiatives.

During the talk, students, faculty, and proponents of interprofessional education and practice worldwide joined a robust Twitter conversation on the #UMHPEDay hashtag. Some excerpts:

  • “Teamwork is complex: roles are overlapping, authority is negotiated, and competing goals exist.”
  • “Assumptions about clinical problems from @LingardLorelei: They are solved in your head, and they hold still to be solved. Blind spot: What’s going on in the heads of other members of the interprofessional care team? How are they defining & solving those problems?”
  • “In a complex system, it’s the relationship among the parts that matter, more than the parts themselves.”
  • “Collective competence provides a useful lens to consider how successful teams can work well in the care of patients.”

The fifth-annual HPE Day ended with something brand-new: presentation of the inaugural U-M Awards for IPE Innovation and Excellence. More about the faculty and student award recipients and honorary mentions.

“HPE Day was tremendous,” said Donna Fry, PhD, dean of UM-Flint College of Health Sciences. She praised the “excellent speaker and excellent faculty presentations, as well as opportunities for networking.”

“The fifth-year celebration of HPE Day provided valuable focus on the outstanding exchange that occurs among faculty, students and other constituents in discussing ways to improve our approach to interprofessional practice and education,” said Frank Ascione, PharmD, PhD, director of the Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education, which co-sponsors HPE Day in partnership with three other U-M units: the Department of Learning Health Sciences at the Medical School; the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, and the Office of Academic Innovation.

Save the Date for next year’s HPE Day! It’s scheduled for April 14, 2020.

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The University of Michigan is unique with ten health science schools across three campuses that share the core missions of preparing future clinicians and scholars, while caring for patients within a number of health care systems. Within each school, faculty members are actively engaged in educational experimentation and innovation, and many of the educators are working collaboratively through the Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education to develop and teach innovative courses focused on teamwork.