The Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative (HPAC) and National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education released a consensus guidance on developing high quality interprofessional education (IPE) in 2019. Stressing the importance of IPE, institutional leaders with responsibility for accreditation and IPE were advised to create systematic IPE approaches to facilitate institution-wide collaboration. Leaders responsible for planning and implementing IPE were encouraged to develop program-specific IPE plans. Individual professions occupy a unique and valuable position within the complex care delivery systems that impact patient and population health outcomes. Foundational IPE experiences applicable for all learners are indispensable. To prepare learners for the unique roles/responsibilities they will occupy on interprofessional teams, however, additional profession-specific IPE opportunities are needed.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio’s (UT Health San Antonio) Strategic Vision emphasizes Teamwork & Collaboration. Our current Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Linking Interprofessional Networks for Collaboration (LINC), a requirement for institutional accreditation, seeks to advance this vision. Goals include increasing IPE knowledge for community members and integrating IPE activities into formal curricula across our five schools of dentistry, graduate biomedical sciences, health professions, medicine, and nursing. The Strategic Vision and QEP represent UT Health San Antonio’s systematic IPE approach.
The Associate Deans responsible for curriculum across all schools joined forces in 2019 as the LINC Academic Affairs Council. One important effort was the joint creation of a consensus template to guide program-specific IPE plan development. Each Council member is leading or overseeing a school-based IPE task force to finalize program-specific IPE plans using the consensus template. Upon completion, IPE plans will be shared to identify areas of common interest and future collaboration. In this lightning talk, Council members will discuss progress and lessons learned through this effort to transform IPE at UT Health San Antonio.
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.