Faculty from U-M health sciences schools ‘Level Up’ with interprofessional training
Dozens of U-M faculty members recently participated in an intensive collaborative training sponsored by Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education (IPE).
The University of Toronto-led ehpic™ program (the name stands for “Educating Health Professionals in Interprofessional Care”) was designed to equip leaders with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to teach learners and fellow colleagues the art and science of working collaboratively for patient-centered care.
The facilitators began the process of “catalyzing change” by dividing the U-M participants into interprofessional groups (designated by fruit signs on the tables), and each came up with a common hope for a lasting outcome of their work:
- Apples: Teach better to practice better.
- Grapes: Integrate IPE into curriculum.
- Blueberries: Gain foundational background to do intentional IPE – “Getting our learn on.”
- Cherries: Take IPE to next level – “Leveling up.”
- Apples: Integrate IPE across the continuum for health professionals.
- Bananas: Understand IPE in accreditation.
The exercises focused on in-depth examinations of interprofessional competencies; ethics and values; finding personal and professional common ground; elements of collaborative leadership; and what makes a group of people a well-functioning team (mutual accountability and psychological safety, for example). The facilitators scoped the progress of the interprofessional education movement and what team-based health practice seeks to accomplish.
Facilitator Lynne Sinclair, a physical therapist and educational consultant at University of Toronto Centre for IPE, said that she appreciated “the honor to collaborate and learn with U-M IPE leaders and champions.”