This grant supports the New England Healthcare Institute (NEHI) in hosting a roundtable of forward-thinking medical and nursing school deans to discuss how a coordinated education of physicians and nurses could foster an interdisciplinary, team-based approach to health care in the United States to alleviate the shortage in the primary care workforce. Roundtable participants from five to ten programs nationwide will work to foster a dialogue to facilitate critical changes in the design of primary care education. A rising demand for primary care services, combined with a decreasing supply of professionals providing these services, has created a crisis in primary care delivery. Incorporating nurses, nurse practitioners and other health professionals into the primary care delivery system is one solution. Currently, nurses and physicians are educated separately and taught to practice independently. Deliverables will include consensus principles to make the case for redesign of primary care education and to outline potential strategies to achieve change, which would then be disseminated to the broader medical and nursing education communities. NEHI will also seek to raise awareness of this issue by targeting key audiences through the media.
Amount Awarded $45,000.00
Awarded on: 6/17/2009
Time frame: 7/1/2009 - 10/31/2009
Grant Number: 66379