HIV Interprofessional Education Program

Through a regional HIV Interprofessional Education collaborative including six University-based IPE programs, MATEC proposes to develop, implement and evaluate interprofessional team-based training programs for health professions students to prepare a workforce which is ready and able to optimize care and outcomes for persons living with HIV/AIDS. Through the proposed HIPEP, a certificate program in Interprofessional Collaboration in HIV will be created. Formal recognition of completion of program requirements will aid in retention and add value for participants. Each academic partner institution may also choose to pursue the development of a certificate locally. A certificate program is important to the sustainability of the program beyond the four year project.

This regional collaborative project will be led by the UIC Collaborative for Excellence in Interprofessional Education (UIC-CEIPE) and MATEC’s Central Office. On behalf of UIC-CEIPE, Mary T. Keehn, PT, DPT, MHPE, and Memoona Hasnain, MD, MHPE, PhD, will co-lead the HIPEP with MATEC’s Project Director (Ricardo Rivero, MD, MPH). Dr. Keehn will serve as the co-convener with Dr. Rivero to bring the IPE academic partners together before a two-day, in-person HIPEP meeting (Dr. Keehn’s signed letter of commitment is attached). Dr. Hasnain will serve as the faculty lead for conceptual and organizational work for the proposed project (Dr. Hasnain signed a letter of commitment with other IPE academic partners). She will be involved in the conceptualization of the meeting, presenting and facilitating a portion of it, and in the development of the training curriculum, evaluation and faculty development plan. Dr. Keehn will also participate in the necessary follow-up to complete the development of training program content and evaluation.

The key IPE academic partners on this educational collaborative include well-established IPE programs from five other institutions in the Midwest region: Indiana University, Center for Interprofessional Health Education and Practice; University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Practice and Education; University of Cincinnati, Interprofessional Education; University of Nebraska, Interprofessional Education; and University of Wisconsin, Interprofessional Health. Working with MATEC’s clinical leadership and faculty, the partners will develop common HIV IPE curricula that address the competencies recommended by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC). Content will be developed within a framework that would meet requirements for a professional certificate in Interprofessional Care for Persons Living with HIV.
This regional collaborative will create training programs applicable for medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, behavioral health, social work, public health, and allied health at UIC and at regional IPE partner institutions. The program builds on the CEIPE experience developing, delivering and evaluating interprofessional education programs for students in seven health sciences colleges at UIC and will benefit from the innovative HIV education work underway by Dr. Memoona Hasnain and colleagues in UIC Department of Family Medicine (UIC DFM) and Internal Medicine, teaching trainees to work in interprofessional teams to acquire core clinical knowledge about HIV as well as core competencies closely related to the four domains of interprofessional competency identified by IPEC (understanding of roles and responsibilities, teams and teamwork, values and ethics relevant to collaborative practice, and interprofessional communication).

Year 1 will be dedicated to the development and design of the training curriculum including learning objectives, activities, educational materials, learner and program evaluation, and a faculty development plan. The first key activity is the development and administration of two online needs assessment tools to (1) assess the student populations, curriculum structures, and recruitment and retention strategies at each partner institution; and (2) assess faculty development needs for each partner related to both HIV and IPE content and facilitation skills. The second key activity, a two-day, in-person HIPEP meeting in Chicago, will occur with representatives from each of the six IPE academic partners and MATEC’s clinical leadership and selected faculty to (1) establish common understandings of the specific goals of the HIPEP and each partner’s current success and challenges; (2) present UIC-DFM’s work in developing and implementing an innovative HIV educational program through which trainees work in interprofessional teams; (3) develop consensus on program goals, intended outcomes, curriculum plan (learner outcomes, units of instruction, instruction & assessment methods), and set milestones for development of curriculum. Tk20TM software (already used at UIC for program assessment and curriculum mapping) will link program outcomes to specific learning experiences and assessment methods and has the capability to provide reports for the overall program as well as for each partner; (4) develop the plans for recruitment strategies of students from targeted health professions that takes into account the need to accommodate the realities of flexible intensity and focus in each health profession’s curriculum such as timing of high stakes examinations and clinical training; (5) achieve consensus on the target numbers of participants for each partner and from each profession; (6) develop retention strategies to ensure full engagement of students in active learning pedagogies through face to face and online participation in small groups, as well as experiential learning via building connection to a community agency partner and individualized feedback; (7) develop HIPEP partner-specific implementation plans for Years 2-4 of the project; (8) discuss plans to create a certificate program in Interprofessional Collaboration in HIV. The third key activity will continue the work started during the two-day meeting on items 3 through 8 through monthly web-based meetings using BlackBoard Collaborate. Each meeting’s agenda will include reporting on progress, peer feedback and recognition of the achievement of each partner’s milestones. UIC-CEIPE and MATEC will host these meetings and will support each partner as needed in curriculum development and with addressing challenges as they arise. The fourth key activity during Year 1 will be the development of a rigorous evaluation plan to assess outcomes at multiple levels following the four-level Kirkpatrick’s model for educational evaluation, and a robust faculty development plan.

Years 2-4 will be dedicated to implementing the learning activities and the evaluation plan. Trainees will participate in interprofessional learning experiences that include online content delivery and group discussion, longitudinal interprofessional seminars, and hands-on experiential learning via mentored community-based participatory research (CBPR) and quality improvement (QI) projects, all designed to provide students with essential skills to transform health care for underserved populations, specifically persons living with HIV/AIDS. Learning activities will include an integrated multimodal curriculum, utilizing in-person and distance-based learning strategies including hands-on immersion experiences at community sites serving persons living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to the learning activities for the students, faculty development will be a critical aspect of the program. Faculty training will be planned in feasible modules so that faculty time can be used efficiently and tailored to the varying level of HIV and IPE knowledge and IPE facilitation skills. These trainings blend both online materials and face to face sessions.