L. Brian Cross, PharmD
Assistant Vice Provost & Director of the Center for Interprofessional Collaboration
East Tennessee State University
Dr. Cross is Assistant Vice Provost and Director of the Center for Interprofessional Collaboration at the Academic Health Sciences Center at East Tennessee State University. He has been involved in the development of interprofessional experiences at ETSU for almost 10 years which now includes 750+ learners and 90+ faculty (undergraduate & graduate) from 5 colleges (Clinical & Rehabilitative Health Sciences, Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health) who are engaged through both hybrid synchronous in-person and asynchronous online models of learning. He has helped to formalize a faculty development/engagement program that helps to prepare faculty to facilitate group learning with health professions students. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2018 with the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland focused on bridging interprofessional learning and interprofessional collaborative practice. He has practiced in the Indian Health Service, the VA Health System, Endocrinology and Cardiology, Academic Practices, and Multispecialty Private Practice Medical Groups creating new clinical practices in all of these arenas including establishing prescribing authority, developing collaborative practice, and setting up mechanisms for reimbursement, and it is from this experience which he draws in the development of interprofessional learning experiences for students at ETSU.

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…