Interprofessional Education Strategic Plan: 2018 - 2021

Vision

UB is a national leader in the development of caring health professionals who transform healthcare delivery through high quality interprofessional collaborative practice.

Mission

To prepare highly competent health professionals who improve health outcomes by excelling in interprofessional communication, teamwork, and the provision of safe, ethical patient- and population-centered care.

Executive Summary

The UB Office of Interprofessional Education aspires to be a national leader in the development of caring health professionals who transform healthcare delivery through high quality interprofessional collaborative practice.

In pursuing this vision, the Office of Interprofessional Education is fully committed to advancing our academic and clinical experiential interprofessional education program for the development of our health professions students’ proficiency in the four core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice. We also commit to research and scholarship to advance interprofessional collaboration and to engagement with our healthcare system and community organization partners.

Distinctions And Institutional Identity

The Office of Interprofessional Education is well positioned to meet our mission of preparing highly competent healthcare professionals who improve health outcomes by excelling in interprofessional communication, teamwork, and the provision of safe, ethical patient- and population-centered care.

The Interprofessional Education (IPE) program at UB began in 2011 as a grass roots effort to infuse interprofessional experiential learning opportunities into our health professions education programs’ curricula. High quality learning experiences and education, faculty development, and scholarship were the three essential components of the initial program and these three components continue to be the pillars of our IPE program today. The Office of Interprofessional Education was formalized in 2014 and the first Assistant Vice President for Interprofessional Education, Paul T. Wietig EdD, was named. In 2016, the IPE program was scaled to serve all students in the participating health professions programs.

The Office of Interprofessional Education is located within the UB Academic Health Center led by the Vice President of Health Sciences. Serving 12 health professions education programs in 8 schools, the Office of Interprofessional Education will capitalize on our distinctive strengths and accomplishments, including:

  • an effective, collaborative leadership team
  • a culture of support from institutional leadership, faculty, and students
  • a commitment to participation from 12 health professions programs
  • a track record of strong IPE experiential learning opportunities
  • engagement with local and regional healthcare systems and community partners
  • a commitment to research and scholarship to advance interprofessional education and collaborative practice excellent physical environment and facilities with instructional technology resources and support

Stewardship

The Office of Interprofessional Education has a responsibility to all its stakeholders to be good stewards of its resources. The following are key criteria for stewardship offered by this strategic plan. The Office of Interprofessional Education will:

  • assess outcomes and be accountable for the efficient use of resources
  • assess the achievements and satisfaction of students, faculty, health professions programs, and healthcare system and community partners
  • assess the impact of research and the effectiveness of learning
  • periodically review its goals, eliminating or improving underperforming areas and setting priorities so the Office of Interprofessional Education can be a distinctive leader in IPE

Our Target Stakeholders

To improve the health of patients and populations in today’s healthcare climate, it is essential that our health professions students are not only exceptional healthcare providers, but are ethical individuals with strong values who are proficient in interprofessional teamwork and communication. To ensure UB graduates have the knowledge and skills to be collaborative practitioners, it is important they are provided with a comprehensive IPE program that provides experiential learning opportunities to develop as effective interprofessional collaborative practitioners.

The success of the IPE program is dependent on the commitment and contributions of faculty to serve as IPE facilitators and IPCP preceptors for our academic and clinical interprofessional learning activities. To be successful in their role as faculty facilitators and preceptors, these individuals will benefit from ongoing faculty development to ensure their knowledge and skills are current and of high quality.

To meet accreditation standards, our UB health professions programs require an IPE program that provides educational opportunities that meets each program’s specific accreditation standards for interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Academic and clinical experiential learning activities for all students in each health professions program that successfully develop the four core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice are essential.

UB is committed to graduating healthcare practitioners competent in interprofessional collaborative practice. Many of these graduates will practice in the western NY region as a member of local and regional healthcare systems and community organizations. Our healthcare system and community organization partners will benefit from the employing practitioners with interprofessional collaborative practice skills as these skills have been shown to not only improve patient outcomes, but to also strengthen healthcare systems and community organizations. Furthermore, by providing opportunities for clinical IPCP education, our health professions students will be contributing to the enhancement of a collaborative culture at each institution.

Three Year Strategic Plan

The Office of Interprofessional Education embraces our vision and mission by focusing on the following goals for 2018 - 2021:

IPE Program

Specific Goals

  1. Implement and expand the UB Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Micro-credential.
  2. Develop and implement the UB Caregiver Mentors Program to enable our students to learn about the challenges of caregiving, provide support for caregivers, and improve patient and caregiver outcomes.
  3. Increase student engagement in the IPE Program by organizing an IPE Student Advisory Board.

Healthcare Community Engagement

Specific Goal

  1. Enhance our strong relationships with our regional healthcare systems and community organization partners to facilitate clinical interprofessional education opportunities for our health professions students.

Faculty Development

Specific Goals

  1. Increase the quality and quantity of our faculty to serve as IPE facilitators and IPCP preceptors.
  2. Implement strategies for IPE and IPCP faculty facilitator and preceptor recognition and workload accommodation.

Research and Scholarship

Specific Goal

  1. Strengthen the Office of Interprofessional Education research program.

Program Resources

Specific Goal

  1. Develop and implement a plan for sustainable funding for the UB IPE program.

Goals and Key Indicators

Implement and Expand the UB Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Micro-Credential

Key Performance Indicators

  • Percentage of approved IPCP Micro-credential that is fully implemented.
  • Percentage new digital badge proposals that are approved.
  • Percentage of new digital badges that are implemented.
  • Percentage of health professions students who complete IPCP Digital Badges and Micro-credential.
  • Number of participating health professions programs that receive FULL COMPLIANCE with their IPE and IPCP accreditation standards.

Develop and Implement the UB Caregiver Mentors Program to Enable Our Students to Learn About the Challenges of Caregiving, Provide Support for Caregivers, and Improve Patient and Caregiver Outcomes

Key Performance Indicators

  • Percentage of UB Caregiver Mentors Program that is developed.
  • Percentage of UB Caregiver Mentors Program that is implemented.
  • Percentage of health professions students participating in the UB Caregiver Mentors Program.
  • Percentage of health professions students who provide a positive rating of their experience with the program.
  • Percentage of caregivers who provide a positive rating of their experience with the program.
  • Patient and caregiver satisfaction with the program.

Increase Student Engagement in the IPE Program by Organizing a Student Advisory Board

Key Performance Indicators

  • Percentage of health professions programs participating in the Student Advisory Board.
  • Student Advisory Board members’ evaluation of the value of their engagement with the IPE Leadership Team.

Enhance our Strong Relationships with our Regional Healthcare Systems and Community Organization Partners to Facilitate Clinical Interprofessional Education

Key Performance Indicators

  • Number of regional healthcare clinical sites and community organizations that partner with the Office of Interprofessional Education by providing clinical interprofessional education opportunities for our health professions students.
  • Healthcare system clinical site and community organization satisfaction with collaboration with the UB Office of Interprofessional Education.

Increase the Quality and Quantity of our Faculty to Serve as IPE Facilitators and IPCP Preceptors

Key Performance Indicators

  • Percentage of students who “Strongly Agree” their faculty facilitator or preceptor was effective.
  • Percentage of IPE Faculty facilitators and IPCP preceptors who “Strongly Agree” they are satisfied with their role in the IPE program.
  • Number of faculty serving as facilitators and preceptors for IPE and IPCP learning experiences.
  • Average duration of service as a faculty facilitator and/or preceptor.

Implement Strategies for IPE and IPCP Faculty Facilitator and Preceptor Recognition and Workload Accommodation

Key Performance Indicators

  • Percentage of faculty IPE facilitator and IPCP preceptor recognition program developed.
  • Percentage of faculty IPE facilitator and IPCP preceptor recognition program implemented.
  • Percentage of faculty IPE facilitators and IPCP preceptors that receive recognition from the Office of Interprofessional Education for their participation in IPE and IPCP programs.
  • Percentage of professional programs that formally recognize faculty participation in IPE and IPCP learning experiences as part of faculty workload.

Strengthen the Office of Interprofessional Education Research Program

Key Performance Indicators

  • Number of grants (submitted and received).
  • Number of peer-reviewed publications.
  • Number of presentations (peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed; local, regional, national, and international).
  • Impact of publications as indicated by number of citations.
  • Percentage of professional programs that formally recognize faculty participation in IPE and IPCP learning experiences as part of faculty workload.

Develop and Implement a Plan For Sustainable Funding for the UB IPE Program

Key Performance Indicator

  • Percentage of IPE budget that is funded by a sustainable source of revenue.
  • Faculty participation in IPE and IPCP learning experiences as part of faculty workload.