Improving and Sustaining Faculty Leadership Through a Certificate Program Preparing Interprofessional Facilitators
Background: Designed in 2021-2022 following attendance at the T3 Train-the-Trainer Interprofessional Team Development Program, the Program launched in Fall 2022 with an initial cohort of 15 participants. This included 12 faculty, 2 professional staff members, and one post-grad student. Participants came from three campus locations and represented 10 different professions ranging from nursing, to anthropology, library information sciences, allied health, pharmacy, public health, and medicine.
The certificate was designed in a two-step process. The first step, the foundational certificate, included 14 modules ranging from introductory information regarding the history of interprofessional competencies through the learner-led design and creation of a new IPE experience. Hands-on facilitation experience was included.
Design: The Foundational Year was completed by eight learners, with seven deferring to the following year due to workload issues. End-of-program evaluation was completed by an anonymous survey using Qualtrics. When responding to the question “How likely are you to recommend this program to others?” on a scale of 0-100%, respondents (n=5) reported 95.6% likely. All 8 learners from the Foundational year have indicated they will continue into the second step, the Mastery certificate.
Outcome: The inaugural year of the interprofessional certificate program has produced several benefits, including: engaging diverse faculty with each other to foster deeper interprofessional collaboration, Identifying interprofessional scholarship opportunities.
Future Plan: Supporting the continued engagement of foundational certificate participants, who will participate in the 2nd year mastery certificate which will provide opportunities to facilitate experiences, mentor foundational certificate learners, and reflect upon and apply continuous quality improvement on the model of educational theory undergirding these interprofessional certificate programs.