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UW at the Inaugural National Summit on the Future of IPE


On August 21–23, the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (NCIPE) hosted its inaugural National Summit on the Future of IPE: “Learning Together in the Nexus.” The summit was co-hosted by the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative and brought together more than 300 professionals representing healthcare policy, administration, education and delivery.


The plenary session and workshops focused on national efforts to integrate interprofessional practice and education. Conversation Cafés provided attendees the opportunity to discuss two “burning issues in IPE” selected by the NCIPE: 1) “How do we resource IPE in the era of new payment models, decreasing costs and adding value?” and 2) “New models of care require new models of learning: workforce reframing, retooling and retraining.” The purpose of the cafés was to explore the dimensions of the issues including: what is happening currently in IPE, where to direct IPE in the future, and how to work together to move IPE in those future directions. For each issue, two questions were discussed at separate Conversation Cafés.

On August 21st, University of Washington School of Nursing presenters Brenda Zierler, Debra Liner, Erin Blakeney, Mayumi Willgerodt, and Amanda Moore together with collaborators Sarah Shrader (University of Kansas), Erica Ottis and Carla Dyer (University of Missouri) led a 4-hour preconference workshop: “A Taste of the T3 Faculty Development Program.” Jana Zoudke (University of Kansas) and John Owen (University of Virginia) contributed to the planning of the workshop. The team facilitated an interactive presentation on a new, national "Train-the-Trainer" (T3) Interprofessional Faculty Development Program to share the innovative approaches that three national faculty development sites are using to deliver content.

The preconference workshop presenters provided a brief overview of the core elements of the T3 faculty development program, including facilitation (in classroom and clinical settings), providing and receiving feedback, implicit bias, cultural competence, change management, and integration of team strategies into practice. During the workshop, the presenters utilized video clips and simulated cases to address facilitation challenges in classrooms and clinical settings. Facilitators demonstrated approaches to developing and preparing faculty and preceptors to practice and teach interprofessionally. Together, they discussed strategies and approaches for implementing a train-the-trainer faculty development program for interprofessional practice and education and participants had the opportunity to identify and practice effective facilitation and coaching strategies.

Since 2015, the National Center has partnered with the University of Washington, University of Virginia and University of Missouri (the three national Train-the-Trainer (T3) IPE Faculty Development Program training sites), and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation to register interprofessional healthcare education teams from around the country. For more information about the T3 Program, click here.

On August 22nd, UW presenters Erin Blakeney, Debra Liner, Amanda Moore, Mayumi Willgerodt and Brenda Zierler led Workshop #8: Catalyzing Interprofessional Collaborative Practice in Existing Clinical Teams: Interactive Approaches to Building Teams. Workshop participants in this fun hands-on workshop learned and experienced interactive approaches to team building and process improvement. Innovative interactive strategies known as “Liberating Structures” (LS’s) have proved invaluable in helping interprofessional clinical teams at the UW Medical Center collectively identify practice improvement goals, increase shared knowledge of team members’ roles and perspectives, and promote positive relationships and culture change within teams.

LS approaches facilitate breakdown of hierarchy and increased engagement from all participants. In this workshop, the University of Washington team shared how they have used interactive LS approaches with existing interprofessional clinical teams and invited workshop participants to engage and experience the same types of activities, including:  impromptu networking, description/theory burst, network mapping, Troika consulting, and crowd sourcing to rapidly generate powerful ideas from a group. For more information about Liberating Structures, click here.

The University of Washington has been working with heart failure care teams at the UW Medical Center since 2014 to improve communication and patient care through introduction of interprofessional collaborative practice team strategies (e.g., structured interprofessional bedside rounding, TeamSTEPPS communication training, and change team formation). Funding for this work is provided by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (PI: Brenda K. Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN).