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UW School of Nursing Faculty Present at IPE Conference in Thailand


UW School of Nursing Professor and Dean Azita Emami, PhD, MSN, RN, RNT, FAAN and faculty members Pamela Mitchell, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA; Nancy Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN; Mayumi Willgerodt, PhD, MPH, RN and Erin Blakeney, PhD, RN attended the Optimizing Healthcare Quality: Teamwork in Education, Research, and Practice conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand from June 22nd through 24th.

The international conference, hosted by the Chiang Mai University School of Nursing, aimed to provide an opportunity for participants from around the globe to focus on interprofessional teamwork. In her welcome letter to the participants, Professor and Dean Wipada Kunaviktikul, RN, PhD, FAAN of the Chiang Mai University School of Nursing shared, “As healthcare develops into the practice of highly involved interdisciplinary procedures, more attention is being focused on those elements which allow for efficient and effective teamwork in healthcare, as well as on the obstacles facing successful teamwork in healthcare. This conference will provide an opportunity for attendees to focus on teamwork through the fields of education, research, and practice.”

The University of Washington School of Nursing co-sponsored the conference along with thirteen other institutions from Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, North Korea and the United States. Dean Emami, Pamela Mitchell and Nancy Woods spoke at plenary sessions. Mayumi Willgerodt and Erin Blakeney presented two workshops: “Train the Trainer Faculty Development for Health Care Optimization” and “Exploring the Potential of team based care to improve healthcare quality and outcomes”.

“We were highly interactive and utilized Liberating structures in our presentations,” shared Mayumi Willgerodt. “I think the participants really enjoyed doing something different.”

Drs. Willgerodt and Blakeney discussed components of faculty development for IPE/IPCP, provided an overview of the national Train-the-Trainer (T3) Interprofessional Faculty Development Program, engaged participants in experiential learning using Liberating Structures (Impromptu Networking and Fishbowl exercises) and shared lessons learned in gaining institutional support for faculty development training.

The “Exploring the Potential of Team Based Care to Improve Healthcare Quality and Outcomes” workshop focused on interactive approaches to building connections and developing consensus among teams. Drs. Willgerodt and Blakeney shared insights from their work on two team based approaches to heart failure care at UW Medicine and the Regional Heart Center. They identified key components of team based care and engaged participants in Liberating Structures exercises (1-2-4-All and Troika Consulting) to discuss challenges, possible solutions, and potential opportunities to implement team-based practice. 

 “[There's] lots of great work out there—we should all partner more to learn from each other about how to promote teamwork and collaborative practice. Having opportunities like this conference where we can get together and share experiences is valuable in moving us forward,” said Mayumi Willgerodt. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to go present on behalf of CHSIE and share the work we are doing— and grateful to the SoN for their support that made it possible. Chiang Mai University are wonderful and gracious hosts.”

The Train-the-Trainer (T3) Interprofessional Faculty Development Program is a national training program co-led by UW School of Nursing faculty member, Brenda K. Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN and Les Hall, MD of the University of South Carolina. It is funded by a grant from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. For more information about the T3 Training Program, click here.

The UW Medicine and Regional Heart Center interprofessional team-based care quality improvement intitiatives and TeamCORE training model are funded by grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration (PI: Brenda K. Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN of the UW School of Nursing).