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JCIPE Celebrates 10th Anniversary



On June 20, the Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (JCIPE) celebrated its 10th anniversary with a luncheon that featured remarks from Stephen Klasko, MD, MBA, and keynote speaker, John Gilbert, PhD, professor emeritus from the University of British Columbia and noted WHO scholar. JCIPE’s mission is to promote excellence in health professions education and healthcare delivery through innovations in interprofessional education (IPE), collaborative practice (CP), faculty and staff development, and scholarship.

JCIPE originated with a grant in 2006 to design a new chronic care illness education curriculum, which led to the Center’s establishment the following year, in recognition that managing chronic conditions requires the coordinated efforts of a multidisciplinary team of professionals. JCIPE was one of the first of three IPE centers in the United States, and it continues to be a national leader in IPE, a growing field with around 130 centers today.

JCIPE’s flagship program, the Jefferson Health Mentors Program, has been replicated at multiple institutions around the country.  It is an 18-month longitudinal program that partners interprofessional student teams with health mentors, people in the community who are living with one or more chronic conditions. Through interview practice, home visits, and community surveys, students learn what it is like to live with and manage a chronic illness, with a focus on social determinants of health and their influences on health and wellness. Since the first class in fall 2008, JCIPE has graduated more than 5,600 students from eight professions.

JCIPE was recently awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant subaward to serve as one of four national Student Hotspotting hubs—the only one on the East Coast. The Hotspotting curriculum was developed by the Camden Coalition for Healthcare Providers, and it engages students in identifying and working with “super-utilizers”—patients who frequently use ED and inpatient care—providing high-touch interventions that reduce the number of hospital visits.

Another JCIPE innovation is piloting a virtual-world curriculum, developed in collaboration with Pathways to Housing PA, that orients students to working with homeless and formerly homeless populations through simulated scenarios informed by real-world experiences. As part of JCIPE’s growth from educating students to educating health practitioners as well, they have also developed the Jefferson Teamwork Observation Guide (JTOG) mobile app to streamline observation and data collection and elicit real-time patient and family feedback to improve teamwork and patient outcomes.

A decade after JCIPE’s founding, Jefferson has embraced a culture where IPE and CP are expected, welcomed, and increasingly integrated across the learning continuum, from first-year students to seasoned providers. The next decade of innovations at JCIPE will be led by new co-directors Elena Umland, PharmD, JCP associate dean of Academic Affairs and professor of Pharmacy Practice, and Lauren Collins, MD, associate professor of Family and Community Medicine and Geriatrics in SKMC, who have been integral to the success of IPE since the Center was founded.

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