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Annual Meeting

Each year, scholars and their mentors, along with the program’s National Advisory Committee and Macy Staff, convene to discuss their work to reform health professions education, sharing updates and lessons learned.

2016 Faculty Scholars Program Annual Meeting

On June 7th and 8th 2016 the Macy Foundation held its 5th Annual Meeting of the Macy Faculty Scholars Program. Past and present Macy Faculty Scholars, the mentors of the 2015 Scholars, and the program’s National Advisory Committee gathered to meet the latest cohort of Scholars, discuss issues they are encountering in their career, and learn from shared experiences.

As with prior Annual Meetings the introduction of the latest class of Faculty Scholars was a highlight of this meeting. The 2015 Scholars outlined the goals, progress, and next steps of their Faculty Scholars project. The 2014 Scholars presented updates on their ongoing projects, detailed their most recent successes, and discussed how the vision for their project will be achieved now that they are formally becoming Alumni Scholars. For the first time this meeting featured three concurrent breakout sessions. The topics of each breakout session were suggested by Scholars and a pair of alumni Scholars led each session. Some highlights from the 2015 Scholars’ presentations are below, and the full meeting report can be found here:

Lauren Collins, MD
The goal of Dr. Collins’ project is to develop, implement, evaluate and disseminate a new comprehensive, integrated Interprofessional Education/Collaboration curriculum, VERTICAL, across the educational continuum at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Collins and her colleagues are working to prepare a new cohort of highly competent VERTICAL students who will represent the new face of healthcare: Value-driven, Ethical, Responsible, Team-based, Interprofessional, Collaborative Aligned Leaders. VERTICAL students will achieve the IPEC Core Competencies and graduate equipped to deliver high quality, person-centered collaborative care.

Cheryl Woods Giscombé, PhD, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Dr. Giscombé is developing the Interprofessional Leadership Institute for Mental Health Equity (ILI-MHE). The ILI-MHE is an academic-community partnership that addresses factors contributing to mental health disparities, including stigma; perceived incongruence of culture, values, and priorities between patients and providers; and access to and use of health care among underrepresented and underserved groups. Through an existing academic-community partnership at Healing With CAARE, Inc. (a community health agency), health professions students enrolled in existing, discipline-specific community health practicum and clinical training courses are completing clinical, research, and transformational leadership development experiences. Participants will be trained to provide culturally sensitive, contextually relevant, team-oriented, evidence-based, holistic care including focus on healthcare systems and policy.

Deepthiman Gowda, MD, MPH
The primary purpose of Dr. Gowda’s project is to introduce narrative medicine into interprofessional team meetings. Narrative medicine is a branch of medical humanities that engages health care teams with literature, art, and reflective writing in order to explore a patient’s experience and the lives of other health professionals on the care team, and reflect on one’s own experience as a provider of health care. Using qualitative approaches Dr. Gowda also wants to explore how the introduction of narrative medicine unfolds in clinical settings.

Lisa Kitko, PhD, RN
The objectives of Dr. Kitko’s project are to increase the number of healthcare professionals able to effectively deliver primary palliative care regardless of practice setting, and develop educational innovations that promote interprofessional collaborative practice. These objectives will be addressed by developing and implementing an online primary palliative care graduate certificate program incorporating an interprofessional internship and joint coursework.

Bridget O’Brien, PhD
Dr. O’Brien’s project aims to improve the visibility of untapped teachable moments and learning opportunities in interprofessional contexts. To realize this aim Dr. O’Brien plans to identify common areas where professional roles, perspectives, and expertise overlap and how professionals negotiate these overlaps. Creating faculty development resources to support coaching around role clarification, information and perspective sharing, and establishment of shared understanding of care plans is another way Dr. O’Brien plans to improve interprofessional collaboration.