Lightning Talk

"Bending with the Wind” to Ground New IPE Initiatives

Thursday, August 20, 2020, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
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Lightning Talk Presentation

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.


This activity has been planned and implemented by the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. In support of improving patient care, the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physicians: The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Nurses: Participants will be awarded up to 0.75 contact hours of credit for attendance at this workshop.

Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

Pharmacists: This activity is approved for 0.75 contact hours (.075 CEU) UAN: JA4008105-0000-20-076-H04-P; JA4008105-0000-20-076-H04-T

IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 0.75 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change


In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, adopted by the Joint Accreditors for Interprofessional Continuing Education, the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education has a conflict of interest policy that requires that all individuals involved in the development of activity content disclose their relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. All potential conflicts of interest that arise based upon these financial relationships are resolved prior to the educational activity.

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.