Office of Academic Affiliations
VA Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education (CoEPCE)
|Co-Directors: Rebecca Shunk, MD and Terry Keene, DNP, FNP-BC, ARNP
Academic Partners: University of California at San Francisco Schools of Medicine and Nursing
For More Information, Visit the San Francisco CoEPCE & Interprofessional Team Here
|Co-Directors: Amber K Fisher, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP; William Weppner, MD
Academic Partners: Gonzaga University School of Nursing, University of Washington School of Medicine and Idaho State University School of Pharmacy
For More Information, Visit the Boise CoEPCE & Interprofessional Team Here
|Director: Joyce Wipf, MD
Academic Partners: University of Washington Schools of Medicine and Nursing
For More Information, Visit the Seattle CoEPCE & Interprofessional Team Here
|Co-Directors: Mimi Singh, MD, MS; Mary Dolansky, RN, PhD
Academic Partners: Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic Foundation , The Breen School of Nursing at Ursuline College
For More Information, Visit the Cleveland CoEPCE & Interprofessional Team Here
|Co-Directors: Rebecca Brienza, MD, MPH; Faith Harrington, APRN
Academic Partners: Fairfield University School of Nursing, Quinnipiac University School of Nursing, University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Nursing and Yale University School of Medicine
For More Information, Visit the West Haven CoEPCE & Interprofessional Team Here
Foster transformation of clinical education by preparing graduates of health professional programs to work in and lead patient‐centered interprofessional teams that provide coordinated longitudinal care.
Develop and test innovative approaches for curricula related to core competencies of patient‐centered care. Study the impact of new educational approaches and models on health professions education to include collaboration, cultural shifts in educational priorities, and educational and workforce outcomes within and beyond VA.
Shared Decision-Making: Care is aligned with the values, preferences and cultural perspectives of the patient. Curricula focus is on communication skills necessary to promote patient’s self-efficacy.
Sustained Relationships: Care is designated to promote continuity of care; curricula focus on longitudinal learning relationships.
Interprofessional Collaboration: Care is team based, efficient and coordinated, curricula focus is on developing trustful, collaborative relationships.
Performance Improvement: Care is designed to optimize the health of populations; curricula focus on using the methodology of continuous improvement in redesigning care to achieve quality outcomes.
Highlights for Trainees
- Development of longitudinal relationships with preceptor and patients; 30% of clinical training in COE
- Integration of medical and nursing training schedule rather than traditional academic calendar
- Completion of the Ottawa Decision Support Framework Module for Shared Decision‐Making at the West Haven COE
- Partner with experts to complete a scholarly project at Seattle COE
- Gain insight into own values and preference with Medicine and Art course at Cleveland COE
- Development of Distance learning curriculum at the Boise COE
- Participation in TeamSTEPPs training at
San Francisco COE
For information contact Laural Traylor, MSW
VHA, OAA National Program Manager at 562.826.5974
OAA Coordinating Center Contacts
Stuart Gilman, MD, MPH - Director
Judith L. Bowen, MD - Curriculum Consultant
Kathryn Rugen, PhD, FNP - Nurse Practitioner Consultant
Laural Traylor, MSW - Project Manager
Deborah Ludke, MHA - Administrative Officer
Kimberly Uhl, MBA - Management Support Analyst
Jayson Adler - Management Support Analyst
Scott Smith, MD - Physician Consultant
Ivy Tonnu-Mihara, PharmD - Pharmacy Consultant
Brad Felker, MD, MACP - Mental Health Primary Care Integration Consultant
Joshua Ruberg, PhD - Mental Health Consultant
Nancy Harada, PhD, PT - Evaluation Coordinator
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