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Faculty Development in Interprofessional Team-Based Care
The importance of team-based care is becoming widely recognized in the health care sphere. As such, it is increasingly important that faculty of health professional schools be prepared to engage students in understanding core competencies for collaborative practice and how to incorporate these skills into clinical care.
The University of Missouri and the University of Washington will create an interprofessional faculty development training program to help faculty develop skills and experience in facilitating interprofessional education and collaborative practice. The program will be piloted at six academic health centers over one year.
Faculty from these six institutions will participate in a four-day training workshop where they will be introduced to an interprofessional curriculum and strategies for teaching team-based competencies. They will also be provided with a compendium of teaching tools, including web-based simulated cases, teaching guides, and evaluation strategies to measure students’ abilities to communicate and work together effectively as a team.
Using the interprofessional curriculum and teaching tools, faculty will bring together students from different health professions to participate in acute and chronic simulated cases, error disclosure and early apology training, and in quality and safety unfolding cases. Faculty will receive coaching and debriefing after the simulated and unfolding cases. Faculty will also receive ongoing training and support through webinars and phone conferences.
Based on outcomes and lessons learned from the pilot, the University of Missouri and the University of Washington will refine the faculty development program, creating a train-the-trainer model that can be scaled up to address the national need for faculty who are expert in teaching interprofessional education and collaborative practice.