COP partners in interprofessional education project

MacyThe Arizona Consortium for Innovative Health Professional Education has received $300,000 from the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation of New York to develop over the next two years an integrated core curriculum for health professionals. The consortium is made up of the College of Pharmacy, UA College of Medicine-Phoenix and the Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

“For too long, we have trained health professionals independently with minimal interaction,” says Phillip Schneider, COP associate dean for academic and professional affairs at the Phoenix campus and a member of the consortium working group.

“It is not surprising that health professionals do not work collaboratively when they graduate because they are not educated together. Creating a new academic program in Phoenix provides a revolutionary approach to educate physicians, nurse practitioners and pharmacists.”

The consortium’s goal is to design an integrated curriculum in four phases. The model is to include core and specialty components that all students in the nurse practitioner, MD and PharmD programs take together. Students who specialize in primary care of rural and underserved populations will have additional common content and clinical experiences.

“We are committed to developing a new model of interprofessional health professional education to prepare the primary care providers of the future,” says Bernadette Melnyk, dean of the ASU nursing school.

The curriculum will be delivered in classrooms, simulation and patient care settings, Stuart Flynn, dean of the College of Medicine-Phoenix, says.

“This project provides a foundation for primary care providers to serve as leaders in healthcare reform and empower the way in which ‘value’ in health care is measured.”