Lightning Talk

Leading an Interprofessional Practice Pivot: From Onsite to Virtual in a Hot Minute

Thursday, August 20, 2020, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
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The IMPACT Practice Center (IPC), a pro bono clinic with five uniprofessional centers providing student clinical experiences, operates with a collaborative goal of integrating interprofessional education in an evolving collaborative practice environment. The IPC opened in the Fall of 2017 with each center moving its clinical activities to a new shared space and modified its organizational structure in 2019 adding a part-time IPC Director to the existing Directors of the five uniprofessional centers and Practice Manager.

This structure created an interprofessional leadership model that supported the Center’s growing interprofessional culture and collaborations, positioning IPC leadership and faculty to pivot quickly to meet the needs of students and clients as COVID-19 emerged. Due to the rising health threat the IPC suspended all onsite activity on March 13th, 2020, and the IPC leadership team immediately shifted its attention to telepractice as a means of providing ongoing care for clients and clinical education enabling student progression. Collaborating interprofessionally to create a support infrastructure, IPC leadership and faculty researched national and state telepractice regulations to understand professional requirements for each profession in the IPC. We pooled resources to rapidly develop consent forms, faculty and student guides, faculty training in telepractice and shared outcome measures.

We continue to build interprofessional training and interprofessional shadowing and case conferences to collaborate regarding shared clients. This quick, but deliberate shift to telepractice has allowed our most vulnerable clients to continue connection with health care professionals and each other during a time when isolation and disruption of health care are of upmost concern and has allowed students to continue developing clinical competencies while adding telepractice skills. While the IPC’s story is unique to the IHP, we have identified generic components that facilitated its successful telepractice pivot, including leadership team development and an optimized interprofessional learning environment, despite being virtual.


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.