Lightning Talk

Establishing a Collaborative Across North Carolina for Interprofessional Education and Practice

Thursday, August 13, 2020, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm EDT
inter-institutional - stateAHEC/ruralcontinuum - students and residentshealth professionals/facultyIPE organizational modelsleadership
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The purpose of this lightning talk is to discuss the need for statewide interprofessional education to improve team based health care delivery, facilitate partnership across the health professional schools, strengthen the relationship between state health professions educators and the North Carolina (NC) AHEC program; and share best practices and lessons learned from efforts to be inclusive, gain buy-in, develop structure, and preserve momentum for advancing IPE. With approximately 60 health professions programs in NC and increasing initiatives to incorporate interprofessional training into these programs, educators recognize that their efforts need to align in order to avoid duplication and even competition with one another. Connecting these programs throughout the state to engage in a widespread partnership will transform health education by creating a platform to disseminate effective strategies for developing interprofessional practice skills and fulfilling interprofessional collaborative practice competencies, to foster collaborative relationships between stand-alone health professional programs, and to promote efficiency in clinical site placement for the development of interprofessional clinical learning environments.


The NC Interprofessional Education Leaders Collaborative is a working committee made up of representatives from health professions programs in NC, including 2- and 4-year programs, community colleges, technical schools, colleges, and universities. Collaborative leaders are creating initiatives to advance faculty development for IPE, improve coordination of clinical placements, and establish best practices and access to resources for implementation for participating programs.


This presentation will provide an overview of how the collaborative was formed and structured, including establishment of a charter and key activities completed. Outcomes from this collaborative will be shared as well as a plan for how these outcomes can inform policy initiatives across the state and advance interprofessional practice and education. By truly learning from, with, and about each other we are working to make IPE and IP practice a state-wide effort.



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.

Barbara Head, Tara Schapmire, Jill Forcina, Meg Zomorodi, Paige Brown, Kae Livsey, Sarah Smithson, Gerri Lamb, Nina Karamehmedovic, Yvonne Price, Jody Thompson, Margaret Robinson, Denise Bender, Melissa Craft, Angela Harnden

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.

Accreditation Details

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.

As a Jointly Accredited Provider, the National Center is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The National Center maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive continuing education credits.

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.