Seven U.S. teaching institutions that have both schools of nursing and medicine including the University of Colorado College of Nursing have been selected to participate in a national conference designed to develop new models of education that foster inter-professional training and curriculum reform to better prepare the future health care workforce.
The conference, "Educating Nurses and Physicians: Toward New Horizons," will be hosted by the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and will be held June 16-18, 2010, in Stanford, CA.
The conference will explore implementation of reforms in nursing and medical education called for by the Carnegie Foundation’s studies, Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation (December 2009, Jossey-Bass) and Educating Physicians: A Call for Reform (June 2010, Jossey-Bass). These books will provide the background for conference discussions.
The Carnegie Foundation’s studies of nursing and medical education follow the Foundation’s first study of education for the medical profession, the Flexner Report, released a century ago.
The selection process was highly competitive. Seven institutions were selected from a group of outstanding applications submitted by 32 schools.
The seven are: University of Colorado College of Nursing, Duke University, New York University, Pennsylvania State, University of New Mexico, University of Minnesota, and Vanderbilt University.
These seven institutions were chosen because of the commitment of school leaders (deans, associate deans), and the commitment of both schools of nursing and of medicine to work together.
They were also selected based on what they have already accomplished in inter-professional education and their commitment to future work.
The Macy and Carnegie foundations believe that if students in the health professions learn jointly in clinical settings, as graduates they will improve patient outcomes by working more collaboratively, communicating better with each other, and leading health care reform that assures patients quality.
"It’s time for us to move away from a completely siloed approach to medical education," says Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation President George Thibault, MD.
"The health system of today and in the future is one in which health professionals will need to work in teams to achieve the best outcomes and the best quality.
"The institutions that we’ve chosen for this conference are already taking steps in that direction and we are hopeful they will be developing replicable models that can be used by others."
The conference will focus on how schools of medicine and nursing can develop and implement educational initiatives that address three themes: