The COVID-19 pandemic brought impromptu consequences for all aspects of academic healthcare, including interprofessional (IP) collaborative practice. At Duke Health, leadership across the campus provided support to establish a Center for Interprofessional Education and Care (IPEC). A leadership team composed of representatives from medicine, nursing, PA, and PT programs, was hired in January 2020 to launch the Center and conduct a strategic planning process. This planned inaugural process included review of the current state in each program and a group analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT). As the group was embarking on this process, COVID-19 struck. As it created critical events across clinical, research and educational operations, it also sparked the “disruptive innovation” needed to propel our IP agenda forward.
In this talk we describe a new IPEC Center’s evolving approach to design, implementation, and evaluation of novel and existing IP curricula across the programs with consideration of flexible on-site and remote formats. We report both the strategic process implemented and results of the initial SWOT analysis. We illustrate how in an asynchronous SWOT analysis we were able to identify specific themes of 1) Vision and Mission, 2) Infrastructure and Logistics, 3) Human Resources and Skill Development, 4) Learner Programming, and 5) Evidence and Dissemination. These themes correlate closely with the major areas identified through the Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative document. We also discuss the key overarching gaps/needs and specific program priorities across the themes. Interestingly, many of the learner programming priorities aligned with areas of opportunity/critical events arising during the COVID-19 pandemic, including “pop-up” courses on quality and safety, telehealth, and service learning. Given COVID-related financial stressors, we also review opportunities identified for resources efficiencies across programs. Overall, the pandemic challenges presented constructive opportunity for nimble, adaptive leadership in the IP collaborative practice space.
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Casey Hamm, David Pole, Amy Pastva, Erin Leiman, Nicholas Hudak, Laura Plummer, Jane Baldwin, Amanda Worek, Rachel Pittmann, Kathryn Sabo, Mary Hildebrand, Amanda Mack
declare no vested interest in or affiliation with any commercial interest offering financial support for this interprofessional continuing education activity, or any affiliation with a commercial interest whose philosophy could potentially bias their presentation.
In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
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This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.
- Physicians: This activity will be designated for CME AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM through ACCME.
- Physician Assistants: NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.
- Nurses: This activity will be designated for CNE nursing contact hours through ANCC.
- Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: This activity will be designated for CPE contact hours (CEUs) through ACPE.
- Social Workers: This activity will be designated for social work continuing education credits through ASWB.
- All health professionals: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.