Despite literature that supports the benefits of interprofessional collaboration among healthcare practitioners, such as better patient outcomes and more efficient use of resources, many education programs continue to educate in silos, leading to a lack of awareness of the role of other disciplines. The nurse practitioner role, as example, requires positive collaboration with other healthcare providers, including physicians. The authors describe the development, implementation, and evaluation of an innovative interprofessional clinical educational model that was integrated into a nurse practitioner curriculum, as well as lessons learned during the first 2 years this program has been in place.
Author Affiliations: Director, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program (Dr Corbridge); Director, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program (Dr Tiffen); Clinical Instructor, Department of Biobehavioral Health Science (Ms Carlucci); Professor and Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency (Dr Zar), College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
Correspondence: Dr Corbridge, Department of Biobehavioral Health Science, College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago, 845 S Damen Ave (MC 820), Chicago, IL 60612 (firstname.lastname@example.org).