In the summer of 2020, the University of Michigan’s Health Science Council of Deans (HSC) and Center for Interprofessional Education (C-IPE) were united by a desire to collectively address health inequities in society. The HSC charged the C-IPE to bring together dean-appointed diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) leads from 9 of our 10 health science schools, as well as students, patients, and DEI experts to lead the first stage of this effort. The goal was to gain an understanding of the current state of anti-racism and IPE intersections, individual school/college efforts on DEI and anti-racism, and policies and practices that contribute to education inequities.
This year-long effort resulted in 7 recommendations, all grounded in the agreement that approaches in this area must become more connected and collaborative between health science schools to gain efficiency and maximize impact on patient and population health. Additionally, the group reinforced the expert view that teaching anti-racism is not about a single course, but about teaching the entire curriculum through a structural competency lens to promote changes in mindset, culture, and view on the current state. The group agreed that this would require deliberate leadership, faculty development, and modifications of usual policies and practices (which will influence a change on both uniprofessional and interprofessional education).
We will discuss the opportunities that brought the HSC and C-IPE together to launch this effort, the facilitators of our process, the findings, and the next steps. In much the same manner of attempting to transform the future of health care to be collaborative by preparing our learners to be team-oriented and team-ready, we believe that we can improve health inequities and structural racism in health by collectively educating our learners in more equitable learning environments and providing them with the knowledge and skills to take action against injustice.
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.