Stories from the Nexus: Podcast Series Explores Interprofessional Training in Primary Care

In partnership with the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, we have developed a five-part podcast series based on our publication “Progress and Promise: Profiles in Interprofessional Health Training to Deliver Patient-Centered Primary Care,” which explores advanced primary care practices in exemplary interprofessional education teaching programs.

Each Thursday from March 26 – April 23, a new podcast in the series will be released. Following a Q&A format, each chapter provides a deep-dive into three of the seven programs highlighted in “Progress and Promise” by sharing the program's experiences, opportunities and challenges in building and maintaining an interprofessional program.

Chapter 1

Listen as Dr. Barbara Brandt and Dr. Marci Nielsen discuss unique aspects of the interprofessional teaching programs providing collaborative, coordinated care in seven patient-centered medical homes across the country. 

During the discussion, Drs. Brandt and Nielsen:

  • Discuss the need to invest in team dynamics
  • Provide a primer on patient-centered medical homes and the “Nexus”
  • Outline the many ways students are participating in educational and practice-level transformation
  • Share the importance of making the patient – and community – a crucial part of the care team

Run time:  24:17



Chapter 2

In Chapter 2, Dr. Bill Warning chats with Dr. Daubney Harper about New Mexico State University’s collaborative training program on integrated primary care behavioral health on the U.S. - Mexico border. Dr. Harper discusses the role of social workers and psychologists on the care team and explains how the program prepares students to be sensitive to cultural and community issues to address social determinants of health. 

Run time: 21:25



Chapter 3

Dr. Bill Warning and Mark Britton, PharmD, discuss the unique approach the University of Oklahoma is using to integrate pharmacists into primary care. Learn how relationship building among different professions is helping to meet the demands of a diverse population and improve outcomes among patients with diabetes. 

Run time: 19:42



Chapter 4

Dr. Warning and Dr. Rebecca Shunk review the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education/Education in Patient-Aligned Care Teams (PACT) program.  Listen as Dr. Shunk discusses team dynamics, using technology with a diverse patient base and outcomes that lead to long-term support for the program.

Run time: 23:24



Chapter 5

Dr. Brandt and Dr. Nielsen close out the series with reflections on successful strategies used by each of the profiled programs, overcoming challenges in team building and funding and how to use resources available at the National Center and PCPCC to start an interprofessional training program.

Run time: 22:10


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