September 22, 2014

JCIPE and JSN Acknowledged for Innovation in Interprofessional Education

Jefferson Interprofessional Education Center (JCIPE) at of Thomas Jefferson University was recognized for being on the forefront of health care education through its strategic focus on interprofessional, team-based care, in an article by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a presentation by Elizabeth Speakman, EdD, RN, CDE, ANEF, associate professor at Jefferson School of Nursing (JSN) and co-director of JCIPE, at the Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professions.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s article, “Push for Interprofessional Education Picks Up Steam,” called attention to JCIPE’s innovative curricula and partnership with JSN. Furthermore, the article discussed the changing environment of health care from both a health professional and patient’s point of view and how both could benefit from a focus on team-based care.

“Our wish is to create so many interprofessional opportunities that our students will be able to select from a variety throughout their academic careers,” said Speakman. “The long-term goal is that students, when they enter practice, will naturally assume those types of relationships and avoid the kind of ‘silo care’ that we often see today.”

The article also recognized Jefferson’s Health Mentors program, where students from a variety of health care disciplines work together with a patient with a chronic illness. Furthermore, it outlined several new developments for the future of interprofessional education, including the additional focus on interprofessional education in organization standards such as the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which accredits programs that grant MD degrees in the United States and Canada, and the greater focus on interprofessional education curriculum essentials of master’s nursing programs by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Read the full article by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation here.

JCIPE and JSN were further acknowledged in Speakman’s presentation summary for the Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education Report. The summary explained how JCIPE provided a place for stakeholders from throughout the university to review the curriculum, which resulted in the identification of key competencies that Jefferson students should have upon graduation. Speakman emphasized that JCIPE’s success is a result of ongoing support from university leadership.

Read the entire summary of Speakman’s presentation here.

For more information, contact Sienna Choi, sienna.choi@jefferson.edu or 215-503-1918.

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