Center for ASPIRE

ASPIRE is the formalization of a decade-long effort to educate students and clinicians to deliver effective team-based patient care.

Dr Shannon presentation

The Center for ASPIRE was established in 2013 as a partnership between the Schools of Nursing and Medicine and the Health Sciences Library. The ASPIRE’s mission is to work collaboratively with academic programs, research centers, faculty, students, residents, and clinicians to develop, implement and evaluate interprofessional education in an integrated continuum across all learning levels.

dean_dorrie_fontaine.gif Dorrie Fontaine
RN, PhD, FAAN

Dean of the School of Nursing
University of Virginia

 DavidWilkes.jpg Dr. David S. Wilkes
MD

Dean of the School of Medicine
University of Virginia

History

The UVA Center for ASPIRE is a formalization of an already years-old partnership among the schools and the library to practice and promote collaboration among nurses- and physicians-to-be. Each of the three entities commits equal funding, time and energy to the new center's creation, which offers a central point from which to organize, assess and expand interprofessional opportunities on Grounds.

Mission

Work collaboratively with academic programs, research centers, faculty, students, residents, clinicians, patients and families to develop, implement and evaluate interprofessional education in an integrated continuum across all learning levels and to improve the quality of patient care through the development and adoption of effective methods of interprofessional education and practice.

Principles

  • Interprofessional team-based practice is vital to provding high quality, safe and effective healthcare.
  • Interprofessional education (IPE) should occur in a learning environment that fosters collaboration in providing patient-centered care that is respectful, compassionate and culturally sensitive.
  • IPE should be integrated into educational experiences at all learning levels
  • Ongoing assessment of student and patient outcomes is essential to improving and expanding IPE.

Goals

  • Support the design, implementation and evaluation of innovative, learning-level appropriate, and evidence-based IPE experiences across the spectrum of health professional education.
  • Implement rigorous measurement of IPE-associated student, faculty, clinician and patient outcomes.
  • Engage in cutting-edge IPE research including (but not limited to) new models for classroom, simulation, and clinical settings; validated instruments for measuring student outcomes; and data that links IPE with sustained changes in practice and patient outcomes.
  • Share knowledge across programs and institutions through publications, presentations and website.