The Maralynne D. Mitcham Interprofessional Fellowship (Fellowship), supported by the Office of Interprofessional Initiatives at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), was established in 2012 and honors Dr. Mitcham’s innovative work with interprofessional (IP) education and faculty mentoring. The Fellowship’s purpose is to prepare faculty, clinicians, and staff to successfully assume new roles in IP collaborative practice, education, research, and/or administration and to enrich collaborative learning experiences and scholarship among the MUSC community. Further, the Fellowship emboldens the existing IP initiatives and prepares the next generation of leaders.
The Fellowship components include the acquisition of new knowledge and skills, engagement in IP collaboration, and integration of experiences gained into everyday work. Participants are expected to engage in activities such as co-leading or leading IP seminars/discussions, reading and applying best practices from the literature, shadowing experts, participating as a small group facilitator in MUSC’s two required IP courses, offering a new IP elective course, and working in close collaboration with at least one mentor outside of their profession or discipline. Participants are required to complete an integrative project that has potential to impact MUSC practice, education, research, and/or administration and to contribute to the scholarly literature.
Harnessing the growing network of expertise across the campus in a variety of contexts including clinical practice, classroom instruction, simulation technology, research, and community outreach, a cohort of up to 2 fellows are selected for a 12-month experience, each of whom receive a $5,000 stipend. Over the past 9 years, 12 individuals representing behavioral medicine, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, library sciences, and veterinary medicine have completed the Fellowship. Measureable outcomes include attendance at IPE conferences, 5 invited speaker presentations, 12 peer reviewed presentations, 1 paper under review, and the development of more than 5 IP courses and more than 5 innovations in IP collaborative practice.
In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Office of Interprofessional Continuing Professional Development (OICPD). The OICPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.
Physicians: The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education designates this live activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Nurses: Participants will be awarded contact hours of credit for attendance at this workshop.
Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: This activity is approved for contact hours.
IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change