March 09, 2016

Two Medical School faculty members named Interprofessional Leadership Fellows

Inaugural cohort will pursue projects to build their capacity as interprofessional educators, as well as effective leaders and change agents

Interprofessional Leadership Fellows
Interprofessional Leadership Fellows

Medical School educators Anita L. Hart, M.D., and Joseph B. House, M.D., are among 15 faculty members named to the inaugural cohort of the Interprofessional Leadership Fellows program, sponsored by the Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education.

The program launched in January 2016 with fellows representing the Medical School, College of Pharmacy, and the schools of Dentistry, Kinesiology, Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, and Health Professions and Studies (Flint). It provides motivated fellows with opportunities to learn from and work with academic and practice leaders at the university and national level. It is designed to build their capacity as interprofessional educator scholars, as well as effective leaders and change agents.

During the 18-month program, participants will attend one of several national Interprofessional Faculty Development Program workshops, which were developed with support from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.

“These three-and-a-half day trainings will expose our faculty to a national network of peers and leaders,” says Frank Ascione, director of the Center for Interprofessional Education. “The scope of our engagement, and our commitment to developing faculty change agents, will also help position the university as an emerging leader in interprofessional education.”

In addition to the national trainings, fellows will participate in a campus-based interprofessional learning community facilitated by the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT).

“The Fellows Program is based on research that indicates the power of sustained communities of practice to create effective and long-lasting organizational change,” says CRLT executive director, Matt Kaplan. “CRLT is very excited about the opportunity to help achieve the goal of making U-M a leader in interprofessional education.”

Throughout the program fellows will develop and implement interprofessional education or practice projects relevant to their respective units, in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of fellows. These projects will be implemented in the 2016-17 school year.

The Interprofessional Leadership Fellows program is funded by the Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education with support from the provost’s Transforming Learning for the Third Century Initiative, and the deans of the seven health science schools.

To view the full list of all Interprofessional Leadership Fellows, click below.