During this webinar, the speaker will describe his institution’s efforts to integrate interprofessional education across five health science schools. He will review the creation and current organizational structure for the Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care which he directs, discuss how this center fosters and supports efforts of faculty, staff, and students in interprofessional education and practice, and talk about the evolution of the programs on his campus from extracurricular activities to required interprofessional courses. Finally, he will discuss recent efforts on his campus to create developmental assessments to guide the sequencing of courses and the certification of interprofessional competency in students.
Alan Dow, MD, MSHA is Assistant Vice President of Health Sciences for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care at Virginia Commonwealth University. He directs the Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care at VCU and is responsible for developing, implementing, and studying initiatives in interprofessional education and collaborative practice across the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Allied Health, and Social Work, the VCU Health System, and the surrounding community. He has been supported in this work by funding from the Josiah H. Macy, Jr Foundation as one of the inaugural class of Macy Faculty Scholars, a highly competitive national program focused on developing the next generation of educational leaders. He writes and speaks about the basic science of teamwork in healthcare, educational innovations, and the healthcare workforce and is currently funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. Dr. Dow serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Interprofessional Care and the Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice as well as the board of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative. A practicing internist, Alan attended medical school at Washington University and completed residency in internal medicine and a health administration degree at VCU.