Interprofessional Leadership Fellows

The University of Michigan Interprofessional Leadership Fellows program gives faculty members opportunities to develop their interprofessional education and leadership capacity. The 18-month IPL program enables faculty to learn from and work with academic and practice leaders at the university and national levels. 

Applications were recently accepted for the third cohort of Interprofessional Leadership Fellows from U-M’s Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses.

IPL Project Examples From the Second Cohort:

  • TeamKIND will develop a simulation-based learning experience (SBLE), to provide multidisciplinary learners with a “Day in the Life” experience around a family with a child with autism. The students will pilot the SBLE and provide feedback for further development and use for in IPE.
  • A Teams and Teamwork group will pilot a foundational interprofessional experience focused on teams and teamwork. Students will complete an online reading/self-assessment and this information will be used to create interprofessional teams.  Students will work together in two different teams around short vignette-based discussions and explore strategies for resolving conflict. Reflection and assessment regarding teamwork will follow.
  • Carpe Simul is developing a patient-care simulation around chronic disease management. Students will contextualize and integrate population health in health care delivery services, apply relationship values and principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different team roles, differentiate between roles/responsibilities of professionals, and create a patient-centered care plan for a person with diabetes.
  • Assessment team is using a “distiller” systematic review tool for looking at published literature to address the research question: “What qualitative assessment tools can faculty use to evaluate IPEC competencies in the interprofessional education training of their health professional students?”

IPL Project Examples From the First Cohort:

  •  The Service Learning Assessment Team has developed an IPE activity for students across the health professions to work together around service learning projects (such as nutritional and home safety assessments of older and disabled adults in their homes), and along the way increase appreciation for and proficiency in teamwork and communication. Additionally, there’s a structure for faculty to assess how the students doing the activity together gain IPE competencies, compared with students just engaging in coursework around the activity.
  • The Free-Clinic Team partnered with the well-established U-M student-run free clinic, laying groundwork for a new course in which students can gain effectiveness working on interprofessional teams. Multiple potential benefits include supporting and improving patient care, addressing a gap within health science curricula, connecting clinic experiences with a semester-long seminar course, and identifying a survey assessment tool for students involved in the course.
  • The MSim Team has developed, implemented, and measured an acute care immersion simulation experience for U-M’s Team-Based Clinical Decision Making Course. Benefits include enhancing the experience of IPE learning teams and adding to the body of knowledge for IPE cases and assessments for clinical simulation.
  • To support interprofessional education goals, the Course Adapter Team has created the IPE Course Adapter Toolkit (to assist University of Michigan instructors in converting existing courses to IPE. The toolbox is designed to mirror the IPE process of exposure, immersion, and mastery by providing relevant resources and information in a stepwise structure to instructors in the course conversion process.