Building a Community of Practice: Strategies for IPE Administrative, Faculty, and Student Leaders

Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT

The Communities of Practice (CoPs) framework illustrates a method for improving team and team-member experience and outcomes by focusing on shared identity and values and being intentional about inclusion and growth. This framework has been applied to a multitude of disciplines and environments, including healthcare and education. Campus leaders have identified key strategies for successful cultivation of interprofessional CoPs at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC), a comprehensive academic health system boasting over 80 degree programs among 19 professions in seven colleges.


This seminar will describe the CoPs at OUHSC among campus administration, faculty champions, and student leaders. Participants will engage in active learning strategies including team problem solving and creation of a take-away action plan. After attending this session, the learner will be able to 1) Identify six strategies for fostering a community of practice with administrative, faculty, and student leaders; 2) Practice use of strategies using a team-based case study scenario, and 3) Design a take-away action plan to implement strategies with their leadership cohort. Immediately actionable skills will include tips for application of the six strategies with diverse cohorts of leaders to improve the experience and wellness of the healthcare team.


This seminar will address the Nexus Summit theme by addressing informal and workplace learning models, continuing professional development, faculty/preceptor development, student-led and engaged initiatives and collaborations, and workforce development and retention. Priority criteria noted are: 1) Inclusion of a student/learner on the author or presenter team, and 2) Design to impact Quadruple Aim¹ outcomes (improving the wellness of the health care team).