LIFE Wins Educational Innovation Award from UM Provost – Michigan Medicine Headlines

UM’s offering of interprofessional education LIFE (Longitudinal Interprofessional Family-based Experience), now in its second year, is one of five campus projects whose faculty have been awarded the prestigious Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize (TIP).

“We are so proud of the team that brought this fantastic innovation to life,” said Rajesh S. Mangrulkar, MD, director of the UM Center for Interprofessional Education. “It reflects the kind of collaboration we seek at the center: multiple schools, multiple campuses, and a partnership with Michigan Medicine patients. We have a lot to learn from our patients and our community about the kind of teams they want to see.

The faculty honorees are Thomas Bishop (medical school), Olivia Anderson (public health), Karen Farris (pharmacy), Mark Fitzgerald (dentistry), Debra Mattison (social work), Danielle Rulli (dentistry), Laura Smith (College of Health Sciences -Flint) and Peggy Ursuy (Infirmary). Other Michigan Medicine Office of Patient Experience faculty, staff, and patient advisors contribute to the success of LIFE.

“COVID-19 has caused so much disruption in our lives, but it has also created an opportunity for innovation, which this team has taken full advantage of,” said Vani Patterson, Deputy Director of the Center for IPE and member of the LIFE team. . “They have created a meaningful and accessible educational opportunity for students, faculty and patients, and that is something we hope to expand significantly in the years to come.”

The 2022 TIP Prize projects were chosen from 57 applications from students, faculty, and staff. All fall under two axes: anti-racist and inclusive education, and distance and hybrid education developed in response to the pandemic. TIP winners will talk about lessons learned from their projects in a virtual panel discussion from 11 a.m. to noon on May 5 as part of the Enriching Scholarship.

“Interprofessional education programs provide opportunities for aspiring healthcare professionals to understand each other’s roles and develop positive teamwork practices,” said the UM TIP award announcement. He continued: “These exercises, however, can lack authenticity when they rely on case studies or one-off simulations, rather than repeated interactions with real patients and their families. To address this issue, the LIFE team affiliated with UM’s Center for Interprofessional Education developed an all-virtual after-school certificate program, for which Michigan Medicine’s Office of Patient Experience connects students with real patients, called patient advisors, and their families. Each team of health science students plans how to conduct two interviews with a patient advisor to explore how chronic illness affects daily life and interactions with health care providers. After each interview, students debrief what they have learned and evaluate their performance. The patient advisor also assesses student teamwork. Students gained in-depth knowledge through authentic conversations with patient advisors about the time-consuming and emotional work of chronic disease, including care advocacy, managing complex insurance issues, managing medications, and performing prescribed daily therapies in addition to their work and family roles. ”

One student’s patient advisor taught him that “it’s important to remember the patient’s burden in every care plan, not that you CHANGE it, but just that you recognize their burden and how hard they work.” to end it all,” which isn’t something we’ve ever talked about in my studies.

“The LIFE program has been a great example of creative interprofessional collaboration, and this recognition underscores the value of engaging patients and families as part of the team to improve care and the experience,” said Kate Balzer. , senior project manager at the Michigan Medicine Office. patient experience and member of the LIFE team. “We are grateful to partner with the center to engage patients and families in this important work! »

The LIFE program materials can be shared with other faculties or institutions wishing to implement this collaborative IPE approach.

The Provost’s Educational Innovation Award is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, and the University Library. Winners receive $5,000. This is the second TIP award for a partnership/initiative of the Center for ECI; the first took place in 2015 for the Team-Based Clinical Decision Making offer.