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National Train-the-Trainer Program at the UW


The University of Washington hosted a 3.5-day workshop from August 15–18 at its Seattle campus as part of the national Train-the-Trainer (T3) Interprofessional Faculty Development Program (T3-IFDP). The T3 Interprofessional Faculty Development Training Program is designed specifically for clinical educators and health professional faculty to enhance their leadership skills and capabilities to lead and further IP efforts in their organizations. Interprofessional teams apply to participate at one of three national training sites—the University of Washington, the University of Virginia and the University of Missouri—through the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (NCIPE). 

Six teams (25 total participants) attended the T3-IFDP program from five universities and medical centers across the U.S. (Husson University, California State University Sacramento, Boise Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, Montana State University, and Michigan State University).  Each team was comprised of 3–6 participants from at least two or more different health professions, and together over the three and a half days worked on planning or refining a pre-identified interprofessional team project.

The T3 curriculum takes teams through stages of project development, addresses team building and communication skills and incorporates and teaches hands-on learning activities that teams can use with their colleagues and trainees at their own institutions. Content for the in-person program includes Personal Style and Conflict Modes, IPE Conceptual Models and Developing Engaging Curricula, Lean Project Management, Implicit Bias, Hierarchy, Interprofessional Facilitation, Conflict Dialogue, Process Improvement Cycles, Assessment and Evaluation, Change Management, Coaching Teams and more. The program also utilizes Liberating Structures, a series of interactive teaching methods that can be used to organize strategic planning, share information, or discover new ideas and information. These activities offered participants a chance to explore unconventional ways of addressing problems, see different perspectives and possible solutions, and engage with each other in an interactive way.

Twenty-six interprofessional facilitators presented the content from a wide range of professions and backgrounds including physicians, pharmacists, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, social workers, patient advocates, clinical educators, health sciences program coordinators and program managers. Each participant team was also assigned a lead coach who helps the teams continue to stay engaged and make progress on their projects following the in-person program through a series of online webinars and coaching calls.

One participant from the University of California Sacramento shared, "When I talk to colleagues about my training, the one thing that stands out is the way in which the course modeled bringing in interprofessional resources and modeling for us how learning from different disciplines really strengthens our own programs; examples of this for me were the session on running an effective meeting, and lean project management from business professionals. I also really appreciated all of the strategies for engaging students in active, meaningful group experiences and how these were implemented in class so that we could experience them from the perspective of our learners."

The T3-IFDP is funded in part by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, with collaboration from the NCIPE, and lead by the Co-Directors Dr. Brenda Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN and Dr. Les Hall, MD.

More information about upcoming national T3-IFDP dates and registration can be found on the NCIPE’s website.