To meet the challenge of producing a better trained primary care workforce, we created Professionals Accelerating Clinical and Educational Redesign (PACER), a 3 year program that built 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.
PACER aimed 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 also helped create regional centers that will provide support, training and resources to expand the learning collaborative to other primary care and health professions training programs.
PACER was funded by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation with matching funding from the American Board of Family Medicine, the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Pediatrics and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The project was implemented and evaluated by educational researchers in the Department of Family Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University.