Mitch Heflin, MD, MHS
Associate Dean and Director of the Center for Interprofessional Education and Care (IPEC)
Duke University

Dr. Heflin is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics.  He earned his MD from the University of Virginia and completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in geriatrics at Duke University. He is a Senior Fellow in the Aging Center at Duke and serves as Medical Director of the Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment (GET) Clinic and co-directs the Perioperative Optimization of Surgical Health (POSH) program. He is also Associate Dean and Director of the Center for Interprofessional Education and Care (IPEC).

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

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,…
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…