Caroline Abercrombie, MD
ETSU IPERP Director of Community Engagement
ETSU Quillen College of Medicine
Dr. Abercrombie is an Associate Professor at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine where she serves as Senior Director of Experiential Learning. For the ETSU Interprofessional Education & Research Program, she serves as Director of Community Engagement to engage teams of interprofessional students with collaborative care teams. She was the recipient of the Mobley Excellence in Innovation Award for her efforts in education and the was recognized as an emerging leader in Interprofessional Education by her program.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Oxford defines Intersectionality as the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage; a theoretical approach based on such a premise. The intersectionality theory challenges us to consider social determinants, not in terms of single factors (e.g., gender or SES) but in terms of multiple interacting factors because disadvantage arises from a constellation of interrelated and intersecting social roles. Many well-recognized frameworks in academic medicine point to the…
Models of leadership which emphasize collaboration, common goals, and fluidity rather than position are essential to interprofessional practice. Shared leadership in team-based practice helps to improve patient safety and outcomes and to enhance provider wellbeing. Developing future health professionals who incorporate these concepts into their work with colleagues and patients is a crucial component of interprofessional education. Assessing students’ acquisition of these concepts is paramount and can be important not only in assessing student learning but also in program evaluation and…