Project Sponsor(s): Dr. LeChauncy Woodard & Dr. Audrey Mendez
Project Title: Houston Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education (CoEPCE): An Interprofessional Academic Patient Aligned Care Team (IA-PACT) – Curriculum Development
Project Description: In 2010 the VA Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) funded five Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education (CoEPCE) as a nationwide clinical demonstration project to develop and implement Interprofessional Academic Patient Aligned Care Teams (IA-PACTs). These Centers provide education and training to medical doctors, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, mental health clinicians and social workers to develop and foster a sense of interprofessionalism and teamwork among a diverse group of clinicians, which has the potential to improve Veterans’ healthcare experiences in the Veterans Health Administration. In 2015, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) was funded to be an additional site in this nationwide interprofessional clinical demonstration project.
We are currently developing curriculum for an interprofessional team of health care professionals, as well as seeking grant research and writing assistance.
Institution and Location: Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt) at the MEDVAMC
Eligibility for international students?: No
Expectations of student:
- The student must devote 10 hours per week to the project (consistent with a 3-credit course) and will develop a timeline of activities in collaboration with supervisor(s). The student will meet at least monthly with the faculty supervisor(s) to evaluate progress.
The student should be available to assist with curriculum development activities including if possible, attending biweekly educational curriculum meetings. Additional time will be devoted to researching grant funding opportunities and assisting with the grant application process. Students may also assist with conducting literature reviews, delivery of educational materials and preparing information for formal program evaluation.
Prerequisite training: Teamwork centric; and strong written and oral communication skills are a must. Curriculum development and grant writing skills would be helpful, but is not required. Familiarity with databases (e.g., Excel, Access) is also a plus.
Knowledge and skills student can expect to gain: Under the direction of Dr. LeChauncy Woodard and Dr. Audrey Mendez, students can expect to gain knowledge about how medical curriculum for an interprofessional training program in a large healthcare facility is developed. Students will also gain practical experience researching and preparing grant applications as well as have the opportunity to assist the CoEPCE in preparing abstracts, presentations and/or manuscripts.