University of Montana, Missoula
Forty faculty members from the State of Montana attended a 2-day, interprofessional faculty development workshop from July 30–31, 2013, at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT. Faculty and administrators representing University of Montana, Montana State University, Missoula College, Monida Healthcare Network, St. Patrick Hospital, Salish Kootenai College of Nursing, Western Area Health Education Center and Montana Rural Health, WWAMI Medical Education Program, Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana, and University of Washington School of Medicine participated in discussions about the challenges and opportunities for teaching and facilitating interprofessional education (IPE) and collaborative practice. Grant funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (Advanced Nursing Education Grant D09HP25029) and Monida supported the workshop. University of Washington (Seattle) faculty members Brenda Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN; Peggy Odegard, PharmD; and Karen McDonough, MD, from Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy and Medicine, respectively, led the workshop.
faculty development workshopAn increased focus on IPE has resulted from several influences. Among the most compelling is the growing recognition and evidence that improved communication and collaboration by interprofessional teams leads to better delivery and access to care (patient outcomes, patient safety, cost effectiveness, patient and provider satisfaction, reductions in health provider shortages). The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, acknowledging the increased complexity of patients’ medical issues, promotes health team models (e.g., patient centered medical home and accountable care organizations) that provide continuous, high quality and coordinated care and encourage prevention, cost containment, and effective use of resources. These factors combined with the heightened attention to IPE by accrediting bodies and organizations underscore the importance of developing and sustaining an institutional culture and structure that advances this work.
The 2-day workshop included information on national IPE issues, interactive exercises addressing stereotypes and biases of health professionals and utilizing instructional design methods for teaching IPE competencies. Using a World Café approach, faculty identified IPE projects, barriers, opportunities, and team members to be involved in future collaborative efforts across the multiple institutions in Montana. There was a strong leadership presence at this 2-day workshop with Deans, Associate Deans and Directors of Residencies, Departments and health systems participating hand-in-hand with faculty to create future IPE opportunities in Montana.
Learn more about our interprofessional education center at collaborate.uw.edu.