Aaron Michelfelder, MD
Co-Director, Loyola Institute for Transformative Interprofessional Education
Loyola University Chicago
Aaron J. Michelfelder, M.D., FAAFP, FAAMA is an educator, researcher, family physician and medical acupuncturist. He joined the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and Loyola University Medical Center as a faculty member in 2000. He currently serves as Loyola’s chair of family medicine, co-director for Loyola’s Institute for Transformative Interprofessional Education (I-TIE), and is a professor of family medicine, bioethics & health policy, and medical education. He also serves as the Immediate Past-President for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

A significant assumption is that providing learners with interprofessional education will lead to high-functioning collaborative teams in clinical practice. Models for "how to" ensure that IPE leads to collaborative practice have been sparse until now. Based on the experience of decades of integration of IPE into community family medicine practices, and using an inductive process, we developed the Loyola I-Transform-2Act Model. This model describes a three-step process for ensuring that IPE does indeed lead to high-functioning teams that are role-modeling effective collaborative practice. The…
The word “provider” is not OK to use anymore. What other words need to be removed from the lexicon of high-functioning teams? Creating a safe space is critical to the formation of high-functioning teams, and the lexicon of the team is an important element of creating this safe space. Each member of the care team brings with them their own profession’s culture and lexicon. Unfortunately, commonly used words and phrases unintentionally impair team functioning, because they may exclude or diminish the talents of other professions. To ensure every team member is equally valued and respected, it…