The Covid pandemic has had a profound effect in many ways. For health professions educators, the stress of caring for their patients, each other, and often finally themselves and their families, has left little time to consider professional development. Resources for such development have also been limited more than in the past. Duke AHEAD, an academy of interprofessional educators at Duke University Health System has the mission to support and promote health profession educators with opportunities for education innovation and faculty development. With over 950 members, this can be a daunting task, particularly during a pandemic.
We discussed based on needs assessments, what our educator community needed at this unique time. We had noticed that offering long-term grants to this community right now did not meet their needs practically or strategically. ASPIRE was initiated. ASPIRE is an acronym for “Achievement, Scholarship, Perseverance, Innovation, Resilience, and Excellence.” These are all identified hopes and goals for our Duke AHEAD educators and anything that can support these goals particularly after over two years of the “new normal” meets an important need.
Using funds budgeted for our yearly grants , Duke AHEAD put out a call to faculty and staff members of Duke AHEAD and offered support for executive coaching sessions ( up to 5), bio statistical support for their educational research project, editorial support, matched travel support to an education meeting, consultation with our education research consortium (including those experienced in qualitative and quantitative research and assessment) and finally team wellness activities.
ASPIRE is a pivot from standard grants for education projects and acknowledges that health profession educators were focused on adjusting to the clinical and, professional, and personal changes that the pandemic caused for so many. ASPIRE’s success will be assessed by a post activity survey and assessment of team participation.
In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Office of Interprofessional Continuing Professional Development (OICPD). The OICPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
The National Center OICPD is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers (ATs). This program is eligible for Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.
Physicians: The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education designates this live activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with their participation.
Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Nurses: Participants will be awarded contact hours of credit for attendance at this workshop.
Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: This activity is approved for contact hours.
Athletic Trainers: This program is eligible for Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
Social Workers: As a Jointly Accredited Organization, the National Center is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The National Center maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive continuing education credits.
IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.