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.
“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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
Hershey S. Bell
John A. Bosso
Cynthia J. Boyle
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
William G. Lang
Vincent and Janine Lau
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
David and Gail Riese
Brendan and Leigh Ann Ross
Terry J. Ryan
Hazel H. Seaba
Denise and Robert Soltis
R. Pete Vanderveen
Richard and Barbara Wells
David P. Zgarrick
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
California Northstate University
Chicago State University
Concordia University Wisconsin
Ferris State University
Idaho State University
Loma Linda University
Medical University of South Carolina
Northeast Ohio Medical University
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Nova Southeastern University
Ohio Northern University
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
South Carolina College of Pharmacy
St. John’s University
St. Louis College of Pharmacy
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