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National Initiative VII

National Initiative VII:  Teaming for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice

National Initiative VII, will be an eighteen-month initiative that features monthly teleconferences or webinars and four in-person meetings.  Monthly cohort teleconference groups will be structured by themes based on focus areas identified in the applications, with best practices from all cohort groups shared at the on-site meetings. On-site learning sessions topics will include research on teaming; barriers, gaps and stigma encountered in seeking IPCP; leadership, sustainability and culture required to support teaming; and C-Suite engagement.  

The AIAMC’s twelve years of experience with six successful National Initiatives provides a rich and unique resource to the CLE community.  We have engaged key leaders from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Hospital Association (AHA), American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) in planning NI VII and look forward to their continued input and support.  The AIAMC is also an inaugural member of the National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment (NCICLE), facilitated by the ACGME and represented by more than 30 major health care organizations working to improve the educational experience and patient care outcomes within clinical learning environments.



 The concept of teaming, characterized as teamwork on the fly[1], has significance across health profession learning and practice. While health profession curricula are designed to inspire learners in the concepts of teamwork, the transfer of knowledge to skill is met with challenges inherent in the complex clinical practice setting and learning environment. We need to better understand the concepts of teaming for interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) and the relationship to health care outcomes.


The AIAMC is uniquely poised through its past experience with alignment of medical education and institutional strategy to address Teaming on the Micro Environment (Clinical Care Units and Service Lines), Meso Environment (Hospitals and Clinics) as well as on a Macro Environment (Health Systems)[2]. Participants in NI VII will be equipped to develop and implement Teaming strategies on impacting IPCP towards achieving an interprofessional clinical learning environment that advances the safety and quality of clinical care and the patient’s and clinician’s experience. To meet the rising complexity of health care, now is the time for AMCs to support and advocate for the advancement of Teaming for IPCP.

[1] Edmondson, Amy C. 2012. “Teamwork on the Fly: How to Master the New Art of Teaming.” Harvard Business Review (April):72–80.

[2] Weiss KB, Passiment M, Riordan L, Wagner R for the National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment IP-CLE Report Work Group. Achieving the Optimal Interprofessional Clinical Learning Environment: Proceedings from an NCICLE Symposium. Published January 18, 2019. doi:10.33385/NCICLE.0002