To integrate healthcare professional learners into redesigned patient-centered primary care delivery models, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has funded five demonstration sites as the Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education (CoEPCEs).
The main goal of the CoEPCEs is to develop and test innovative structural and curricular models that foster transformation of healthcare training from profession specific ‘silos’ to interprofessional, team-based educational and care delivery models in patient-centered primary care settings. CoEPCE implementation emphasizes four core curricular domains: shared decision-making, sustained relationships, interprofessional collaboration, and performance improvement.
These models allow interprofessional learners a longitudinal learning experience and sustained, continuous relationships with patients, faculty, clinic staff and peer learners. Successes, challenges and lessons learned from this initiative will be presented.
Stuart C. Gilman, MD, MPH
Dr. Gilman is Director of Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education as well as Director, Advanced Fellowships and Professional Development for Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Academic Affiliations. Stuart is board certified in Internal Medicine and maintains primary care continuity practice at the Long Beach (CA) VA medical center, and holds the rank of Professor of Clinical Health Sciences at University of California, Irvine. Dr. Gilman attended Rush Medical College for his undergraduate medical education, then did his residency at the UC Irvine/Long Beach VA medicine program, where he also served as Chief Resident. He then obtained his MPH in health services at UCLA and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UCSF. He has had national educational leadership roles in graduate and continuing health professions education with VA for the past 20 years.
Kathryn Wirtz Rugen, PhD, FNP-BC
Dr. Rugen is the Nurse Practitioner Consultant for the VA Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education, VA Office of Academic Affiliations as well as the Associate Chief Nurse for Education and Research at the Jesse Brown VAMC in Chicago. As Nurse Practitioner Consultant, Dr. Rugen oversees facilitation of the five Centers of Excellence which includes, budget, evaluation and sustainability. She is also Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she teaches in the graduate program for advanced nursing practice. She maintains clinical practice in Primary Care and is a site reviewer for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Dr. Rugen attended Marquette University for her undergraduate nursing education and then received her MSN from Loyola University of Chicago. She went on to receive her PhD in Nursing from Rush University.