To meet the challenge of producing a better trained primary care workforce, we have created PACER (Professionals Accelerating Clinical and Educational Redesign), a 3 year program that will build high functioning interprofessional faculty teams equipped to transform their clinical practices and educational programs to prepare their trainees to work together in high performing patient centered medical homes.

We are pleased to announce the nine institutions chosen to participate in an exciting new national professional development program, Professionals Accelerating Clinical and Educational Redesign (PACER). The nine selectees have assembled outstanding teams of faculty from the three primary care disciplines in medicine as well as nursing, physician assistant, pharmacy, behavioral health, and other professional training programs. The PACER interprofessional teams will attend training sessions and work closely with expert coaches to develop and implement new models of interprofessional training in their primary care practices. Together these nine teams across the country form a powerful learning community of educators that is well positioned to catalyze transformation in primary care and foster interprofessional collaborative practice among health professionals.

  1. Eastern Virginia Medical School; Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters; Old Dominion University
  2. Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System), Division of Internal Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, and Department of Pediatrics; Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies; St. John’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Department of Clinical Pharmacy
  4. Palmetto Health and the University of South Carolina
  5. UC Davis School of Medicine and School of Nursing; University of California Health System; Sacramento County Primary Care Center; Transforming Education and Community Health (TEACH) Clinic
  6. UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program; Community Regional Medical Center
  7. University of Colorado School of Medicine, College of Nursing, Skaggs School of Pharmacy, and Physician Assistant Program
  8. Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, Bronson School of Nursing, and Department of Psychology
  9. Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, College of Nursing and Health, and School of Professional Psychology; Cedarville University School of Pharmacy; Kettering College Physician Assistant Program

Ultimately, PACER will create a sustainable model of faculty development that evolves over time, starting with the training of these nine interprofessional teams who will then collaborate with other primary care residencies in their region. PACER will eventually create 3 regional centers that will provide support, training and resources to expand the learning collaborative to other primary care and health professions training programs.

PACER is funded by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation with matching funding from the Boards of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The project is implemented and evaluated by educational researchers in the department of family medicine at Oregon Health & Science University.

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