To meet the challenge of producing a better trained primary care workforce, we have created Professionals Accelerating Clinical and Educational Redesign (PACER), 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.
Nine institutions were chosen to participate in PACER, an exciting national professional development program designed to assemble teams of faculty from each institution from the three primary care disciplines in medicine as well as nursing, physician assistant, pharmacy, behavioral health, and other professional training programs. 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.
Now in its second year, PACER is in the midst of collaborative visits with each of the nine institutions. The coaches are working intentionally with the interprofessional teams to help them realize their practice transformation and interprofessional education and collaboration goals, which they created at the initial training session in Denver. The second training session for the PACER teams is scheduled for Fall 2017.
Ultimately, PACER aims to 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.