In 2016, Maine Medical Center (MMC) was awarded the ACGME Pursuing Excellence in Innovation grant for the purpose of redesigning the standard clinical learning environment to improve interprofessional care and education.
An inpatient adult medicine patient care unit was created as the starting point to integrate a redesigned interprofessional clinical learning and care environment. This care unit would go on to be known as the Interprofessional Partnership to Advance Care and Education (iPACE™) Unit and would be innovative in applying systems engineering and design methods to enhance the quality and efficiency of both patient care and medical education.
Building on the successes of the initial iPACE™ pilot, MMC received a grant from the American Medical Association (AMA) for furthering the development of interprofessional education. This five year, “Reimagining Residency” grant aims to redesign residency though interprofessional care and education while also improving overall knowledge, skills and attitudes. This three-pronged approach is outlined by its goals below:
iPACE™ Across – We will be integrating the iPACE™ model in inpatient clinical learning settings by adapting the core principals of iPACE™ creatively in the context of different clinical care models.
iPACE™ Out – We will be introducing the core principals of iPACE™ into outpatient and rural settings, which provide care underserved patient populations. This will give us the opportunity to investigate the effects of interprofessional, team-based care on health care disparity outcomes.
iPACE™ Over – We will “imprint” interprofessional, team-based care as the shared mental model for medical students and learners from other disciplines by creating unique fourth year medical school rotations based on the iPACE™ core principals.