Lightning Talk

Encouraging Interprofessional Practice Through Awards

Thursday, August 20, 2020, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm EDT
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Lightning Talk Presentation

This Lightning Talk will highlight several projects related to improving patient care and providing better education to students through interprofessional practice. These projects were recognized through either interprofessional practice or interprofessional research grant awards.


Faculty and clinicians at health sciences center campuses often engage in interprofessional practice daily as part of their practices. However, they often do not recognize these practices as interprofessional. In order to recognize and encourage these practices, our interprofessional practice organization at the University of Oklahoma developed annual awards that recognize groups working together in interprofessional practice. Groups engaging in interprofessional practice are asked to self-nominate each year in February. A committee of interprofessional volunteers determines which group is best deserving of recognition for their interprofessional work.


In addition, we have developed small research grant awards which also encourage interprofessional practice. Each April, interprofessional groups can apply for these competitive grants. A team of interprofessional volunteers review and scores the grants. Depending on funding more than one award may be given. Funds are disbursed in August and recipients have until the next May to complete their projects.


At our campus Interprofessional Practice Week in April each year, we recognize the group that was selected for “Best Interprofessional Practice”. We also ask presenters of our grant awards to present preliminary findings during this week. Through these awards, we are able to encourage those who are working in interprofessional practice to recognize this and share the nature of their work with others. This, in turn, encourages others to be recognized for their interprofessional practice or to engage in it through our research grant awards.


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: JA4008105-0000-20-073-H04-P; JA4008105-0000-20-073-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.

Sheryl Buckner, Alicia Williams, Traci Butler Carroll, D. Lynn Jackson, Janet Lieto, Brandy Schwarz, Jennifer Watson

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.