Ronald S. Weinstein, MD, professor of pathology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, has been chosen to co-chair “Collaborating Across Borders III,An American-Canadian Dialogue on Interprofessional Health Education & Practice,” to be held Nov. 19-21, 2011, at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson.
Dr. Weinstein will serve with co-chairs John H. V. Gilbert, PhD, professor emeritus of health disciplines at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada; and Barbara Brandt, PhD, associate vice president for education, University of Minnesota Academic Health Center, and professor, pharmaceutical care and health systems, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.
Dr. Weinstein also is a professor of public policy with the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and founding director of the Arizona Telemedicine Program. He has had a career-long interest in developing innovative health-care education programs and facilities and has been president of five international professional organizations involved with health-care education.
Dr. Gilbert is an international leader in interprofessional education and is co-chair of the World Health Organization’s Study Group on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice.
Dr. Brandt, who also is an international leader and authority on interprofessional education, is developing and implementing academic health center-wide interdisciplinary education at the University of Minnesota.
Nearly 800 government leaders, policy makers, health-care professionals, educators and students are expected to attend CAB III, the third biennial Canada-United States joint conference focusing on issues in interprofessional health education and practice. Speakers will include national and international leaders in health-care education and policy who will facilitate discussions of interprofessional education, practice and policy in an international context. The conference will showcase best practices, outcomes and lessons learned and provide a venue for scholarly dialogue and networking.
In response to a series of reports issued by the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine in 2001, 2003 and 2004, the Arizona Health Sciences Center at the UA instituted an interprofessional education program, under the leadership of a team from the UA Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and UA Zuckerman College of Public Health, to improve collaboration among health-care professionals with the intent to improve quality of patient care.
Arizona was selected to host CAB III in part because of the activities of the Arizona Telemedicine Program’s Phoenix-based T-Health Institute in creating innovative e-learning environments including novel social networking platforms.
A special focus of CAB III will be the use of electronic technologies, such as social networking platforms that allow students in interprofessional teams to share expertise, tasking and team decision-making in real-time case simulation and virtual reality vignettes.
The Arizona Telemedicine Program and its T-Health Institute division on the Phoenix Bioscience Campus have developed several innovative, visible social networking platforms, customized for use in interprofessional team-training of students at decentralized locations, including the T-Health Amphitheater, a first-of-its-kind “e-classroom-of-the-future” for educating students in several health-care education tracks.
“The Arizona Telemedicine Program has won many national awards for its innovations in distance education. We anticipate that Internet-based learning will be transformational for interprofessional team training, and this will be highlighted at the CAB III conference,” says Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, medical director of the Arizona Telemedicine Program and associate dean for outreach and multicultural affairs at the UA College of Medicine.
“With the conference in Tucson, many of our AHSC faculty members and students will have the opportunity to hear international experts discuss the rapidly expanding field of interprofessional education and to present scientific papers on a number of facets of interprofessional education at the UA,” says Dr. Weinstein.
CAB III is sponsored by the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative, Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative, University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, University of Minnesota Academic Health Center and Arizona Telemedicine Program.
For more information about CAB III, the IOM reports and interprofessional education at AHSC, visit the website www.telemedicine.arizona.edu (click on the “Collaborating Across Borders CAB III 2011” button under “Hot Links” on the left).