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Learning Together: Integration of Advanced Practice Providers into a General Medicine Ward Team

Authors
  • Gottenborg, Emily1
  • Limes, Julia1
  • Olson, Adam1
  • Wolfe, Brian1
  • 1 University of Colorado, Aurora, CO, 80045, USA , Aurora (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of General Internal Medicine
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Apr 16, 2019
Volume
34
Issue
5
Pages
769–772
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11606-019-04880-4
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

BackgroundThe Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) demands that physicians should be trained to engage in clinical activities with other health profession providers. Incorporation of advanced practice providers (APPs) into medicine ward teams has not yet been described.AimTo describe a pilot and feasibility evaluation of an interprofessional general medicine ward team with internal medicine residents and APPs to encourage resident leadership development, enhance service to education balance, and promote interprofessional collaboration.SettingUniversity of Colorado, Internal Medicine Residency Program.ParticipantsSixteen internal medicine residents, 16 interns, 19 Department of Medicine faculty members, and 8 advanced practice provider fellows in hospital medicine.Program DescriptionThe authors describe an interprofessional general medicine ward team including team structure, and roles and responsibilities of each team member.Program EvaluationEach team member completed an electronic survey following the rotation and the majority agreed that the pilot team allowed for an enhanced resident leadership role, and helped to restore the service to education balance and interprofessional collaboration.DiscussionAn interprofessional general medicine ward team is feasible, has the potential to optimize service to education balance, and exposes learners to a collaborative interprofessional clinical environment.

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