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Making the Case for Collaboration Across Universities

Cleveland State University and Northeast Ohio Medical University will debut an interprofessional model for healthcare education.

Better health. Better care. Lower costs. Cleveland State University and Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) are pursuing a new collaborative approach to healthcare education that they say will bring about these positive changes. CSU broke ground for a health sciences building that will be a state-of-the-art facility where future physicians, pharmacists, nurses and other health professionals will learn to work together at the forefront of collaborative healthcare education and research.

In addition to housing CSU programs offered by the School of Nursing and the School of Health Sciences, the building will house the Cleveland cohort of NEOMED’s programs within their College of Pharmacy, College of Medicine and College of Graduate Studies. It will also serve as the home of the NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health, which is dedicated to training physicians and other health professionals that deliver primary care services to address the unique healthcare needs of metropolitan communities. Set to open in June 2015, the $45 million, 100,000-square-foot facility will foster interprofessional teaching, learning and research in community-centered healthcare.

Shared Resources, Diverse Experiences

“The current system of health professions education has too often focused on silos rather than collaborative teams prepared to deliver high-quality, effective patient care,” said Dr. Charles T. Taylor, dean of the NEOMED College of Pharmacy. “We embrace the continued evidence that streamlined, team-based care delivery results in better patient outcomes and join in the advocacy for team-based models of care. Pharmacy stands to benefit from this collaborative model in that we can educate our peers on our crucial role in disease management, our expertise in medication management and our ability to take on direct patient care responsibilities.”

Despite growing evidence that patients benefit from streamlined healthcare delivered by tight-knit teams of professionals, most institutions continue to train these professionals separately, with no emphasis on developing team skills or nurturing a mutual understanding of different professional roles, according to a recent report by the Josiah Macy Foundation. CSU’s new facility will emphasize multifunctional collaborative spaces. Interdisciplinary team learning will occur in flexible classroom spaces and teaching clinics, where students will interact with each other and with community clients. Taylor noted that this model enriches the student experience by allowing for more diversity and promoting greater respect for other health professions.

Serving the Community

The NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health encourages economically disadvantaged students from Greater Cleveland to complete undergraduate coursework at CSU, enroll in the College of Medicine at NEOMED to earn a Doctor of Medicine degree and return to work in medically underserved communities in Northeast Ohio after residency. “The partnership gives the College of Pharmacy a new pipeline of diverse and talented applicants who are trained in the health professions at the undergraduate level, supported by a clear path to professional opportunities at NEOMED and recruited to pursue a career in pharmacy through our College of Pharmacy,” said Taylor. The partnership admitted its second class in August 2013, with 35 pre-medical students.

“Growing needs for health professionals that deliver primary care services have created a great demand for a more diverse healthcare workforce with interdisciplinary skills to care for underserved populations, especially within America’s cities,” said NEOMED President Jay A. Gershen. “Meeting this demand will be central to the mission of the new health sciences facility. Also, bringing the resources of two Ohio universities together to create this first-in-the-nation program demonstrates a prudent and wise use of higher education dollars.”

An Educational Engagement

AACP member Dr. Seena L. Haines connects with pharmacists at a broad level through her involvement with TEDMED.

By Jane E. Rooney

What if you could help health and medicine move forward faster and better by connecting the broadest possible range of people, science and innovations from around the world? That’s the mission of TEDMED, a multidisciplinary community of innovators and leaders. Its aim is to connect with people of common goals but varied experiences to inspire new thinking about health and medicine. TEDMED hosts an annual gathering in Washington, D.C., as well as online dialogues to move toward understanding of complex medical issues.

Last fall, Dr. Seena L. Haines, professor and associate dean for faculty at the Palm Beach Atlantic University Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy, served on a TEDMED panel in which she offered a pharmacist’s perspective on managing chronic diseases. She also facilitated the TEDMED conference’s Great Challenges Day, a session devoted to the 20 great challenges of health and medicine that explored how storytelling and narrative framework can be used to gain a deeper understanding of these topics.

Exposure to Diverse Voices

Pharmacists involved in TEDMED are part of an interprofessional team focused on improving the health and wellness of patients they serve, Haines explained. She first became involved with the organization simply by going online to watch TED and TEDMED talks devoted to teaching content areas, as well as those related to ethics and professional development. Haines learned about an opportunity to apply for a grant to attend the conference and received a sponsorship.

She described the conference experience as “an incredible fusion of health, science, language, art, design innovation and networking.” She emphasized that TEDMED is a great networking opportunity for pharmacists who have an opportunity to attend. “I was very impressed with the diverse programming, cutting-edge technology shared and pioneering efforts in the great challenges facing healthcare today. TEDMED has visibility around the world and [the organization has] partnered with several universities to host events and provide satellite feed of the conference.”

For her role as a facilitator during the Great Challenges Day, Haines led a discussion about managing chronic diseases. She said the group was quite diverse and included a range of stakeholders in the conversation. In November, she served as the pharmacist member in a Google Hangout on World Diabetes Day, a live, online discussion about models in collaborative care that are making a difference in managing chronic diseases. During that discussion, she advocated for integrating pharmacists into primary care models.

“There’s a workforce shortage in primary care in our family medicine space, and therefore nurse practitioners, doctors of pharmacy, case mangers and dietitians all have to come around and bring our own skills and expertise,” Haines said. “Otherwise, the health outcomes we’re striving for are unreachable and too time-consuming. We have to be strategic in how we message patients, and maximize what we do.”

She touted research that shows that patients are significantly healthier as a result of working with a pharmacist. She also pointed out that expanding the primary care team helps bring medicine to special needs populations. “Inspiring motivation is key, as well as being culturally targeted to groups you’re working with,” she said. “It’s important to engage patients in their own care and treatment strategy.”

Jane E. Rooney is a freelance writer based in Oakton, Virginia.

A Bright Future

Supporting the IOM Anniversary Pharmacy Fellowship helps make a significant impact on the national level.

AACP would like to thank the following individuals and institutions for their generous support of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Anniversary Pharmacy Fellowship. This program is enabling talented, early-career health science scholars to participate actively in IOM initiatives and further their careers as future leaders in our field. The pharmacy academy and the wider pharmacy community are now making a significant impact on the work of the esteemed Institute of Medicine through this fellowship. Thank you for helping AACP support this critical endeavor.

It is not too late to join the 64 pharmacy schools that have contributed* to the full funding of the IOM Anniversary Pharmacy Fellowship. Please visit the AACP Web site for more detailed program and donation information.

As you consider contributing to the IOM pharmacy fellowship, please know that we will match our gratitude with recognition of your support in various communications related to this fellowship. Thank you for your support.



Jennifer L. Adams

Mikhail D. Antoun

Pamela Barrett

Hershey S. Bell

John A. Bosso

Cynthia J. Boyle

Lynette Bradley-Baker

Gayle and Daniel Brazeau

Rodney A. Carter

Daniel J. Cassidy

Patricia A. Chase

Robert M. Cisneros

Brian and Mary Crabtree

M. Lynn Crismon

Robin A. Dodson

Tricia Ekenstam Gordon

William K. Fant

Rebecca S. Finley

Keith N. Herist

Timothy J. Ives

Mark S. Johnson

Jennifer Kirwin

William G. Lang

Vincent and Janine Lau

Allan Lee

Anne Y. Lin

Earlene E. Lipowski

Lucinda L. Maine

Patricia A. Marken

John S. Markowitz

Wallace A. Marsh

Miriam A. Mobley Smith

John E. Murphy

Marcos Oliveira

Taylor Palmer

Peggy Piascik

Cecilia Plaza

Sibu Ramamurthy

Anna Ratka

David and Gail Riese

Gerry Romano

Brendan and Leigh Ann Ross

Terry J. Ryan

Rosalie Sagraves

Virginia Scott

Hazel H. Seaba

Denise and Robert Soltis

Maureen Thielemans

Paula Thompson

R. Pete Vanderveen

Richard and Barbara Wells

David P. Zgarrick



Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Auburn University

California Northstate University

Cedarville University

Chicago State University

Concordia University Wisconsin

Creighton University

Drake University

D’Youville College

Ferris State University

Idaho State University

Lipscomb University

Loma Linda University

Medical University of South Carolina

Mercer University

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Northeastern University

Notre Dame of Maryland University

Nova Southeastern University

Ohio Northern University

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Samford University

South Carolina College of Pharmacy

St. John’s University

St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Sullivan University

Temple University

Texas A&M Health Science Center

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

The University of Arizona

The University of Findlay

The University of Georgia

The University of Iowa

The University of Kansas

The University of Oklahoma

The University of Rhode Island

The University of Tennessee

The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Toledo

Thomas Jefferson University

Touro College of Pharmacy–New York

Touro University California

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

University of California, San Diego

University of California, San Francisco

University of Cincinnati

University of Colorado

University of Connecticut

University of Florida

University of Houston

University of Maryland

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

University of Missouri–Kansas City

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of Puerto Rico

University of Saint Joseph

University of South Florida

University of Southern California

University of the Sciences

University of Washington

Virginia Commonwealth University

Wayne State University

West Virginia University

Xavier University of Louisiana

*as of January 31, 2014

Last updated on: 3/28/2014 1:26 PM 

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