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NEW! Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education Compendium of Five Case Studies: Lessons for Interprofessional Teamwork in Education and Workplace Learning Environments 2011-2016

VA Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education. (2017). Compendium of Five Case Studies: Lessons for Interprofessional Teamwork in Education and Workplace Learning Environments 2011-2016 (S. Gilman & L. Traylor Eds.): United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Academic Affiliations.

NEW! Interprofessional transformation of clinical education: The first six years of the Veterans Affairs Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education

Nancy D. Harada, Laural Traylor, Kathryn Wirtz Rugen, Judith L. Bowen, C. Scott Smith, Bradford Felker, Deborah Ludke, Ivy Tonnu-Mihara, Joshua L. Ruberg, Jayson Adler, Kimberly Uhl, Annette L. Gardner & Stuart C. Gilman (2018) Interprofessional transformation of clinical education: The first six years of the Veterans Affairs Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education, Journal of Interprofessional Care, DOI: 10.1080/13561820.2018.1433642

online/open access ahead of print

CoEPCE Compendium of 5 Case Studies 

Seven Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education


Boise VA Medical Center Co-Directors: Amber K. Fisher, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP and William Weppner, MD
Academic Partners:
Boise State University School of Nursing, Gonzaga University School of Nursing and Human Physiology, Northwestern Nazarene University, University of Washington School of Medicine and Idaho State University School of Pharmacy
For More Information, Visit the Boise CoEPCE & Interprofessional Team Here

Louis Stokes Cleveland VA medical Center Director: Mimi Singh, MD, MS
Academic Partners:
Case Western Reserve Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (Social Work Program), Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Breen School of Nursing at Ursuline College
For More Information, Visit the Cleveland CoEPCE & Interprofessional Team Here

Houston VA  Co-Directors: LeChauncy Woodard, MD
and Jane Anderson, APRN
Academic Partners:
Baylor College of Medicine, Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing at Texas Woman's University, University of Texas School of Nursing

Greater Los Angeles VA Director: Carole Warde, MD
Academic Partners:
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA School of Nursing, USC School of Medicine

San Francisco VA medical Center Co-Directors: Rebecca Shunk, MD and Anna Strewler, NP
Academic Partners:
University of California at San Francisco Schools of Medicine and Nursing, Golden Gate Dietetic Internship, California State University Easy Bay School of Social Work, San Francisco State University Consumer and Family Studies (Dietetics Program), San Francisco State University School of Social Work, San Jose State University Nutritional Science Program Dietetics Program, San Jose State University School of Social Work, University of California at Berkeley, Social Welfare 
For More Information, Visit the San Francisco CoEPCE & Interprofessional Team Here

VA Puget Sound Healthcare System Director: Joyce Wipf, MD
Academic Partners: University of Washington Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Psychology and Public Health (Social Work Program)
For More Information, Visit the Seattle CoEPCE & Interprofessional Team Here

VA Connecticut Healthcare System Co-Directors: Rebecca Brienza, MD, MPH
and Faith Harrington, DNP, APRN

Academic Partners: Fairfield University School of Nursing, Quinnipiac University School of Nursing, University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Nursing, Yale University Department of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, Yale University, School of Nursing, Smith College of Social Work, Southern Connecticut State University, School of Social Work, University of Hartford School of Physical Therapy
For More Information, Visit the West Haven CoEPCE & Interprofessional Team Here

Our Vision

Veterans, families and caregivers are vital partners!

Trainees learn to provide outstanding team-based primary care

Interprofessional and collaborative academic and practice teams share continuous learning goals

Work influences national policies and practice

More about our vision


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.

Educational Domains

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

  • Longitudinal relationships with Veterans/patients, Veteran family or caregivers, other trainees, staff and faculty preceptors
  • 30% of interprofessional clinical training and workplace learning experiences
  • Integrated scheduling of medicine, nursing, psychology, pharmacy, social work, dietetics, physical therapy and other trainees to gain panel management and performance improvement experience
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • 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


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